For seven years, an ex-corrections officer named Robert Johnson has shared his story of what had happened to him one morning back in 2010. He worked at the Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina, where his main duties were to confiscate any contraband packages and items that entered the building. One day Johnson and his co-workers had intercepted a large parcel that ended up containing about $50,000 worth of gang related contraband. Nearly two weeks later, a man had kicked in Robert Johnson’s front door as he was getting ready for work one morning. The man had shot Johnson six times in his chest and stomach. Johnson was lucky to be alive after that morning. It was soon revealed that an ex-con, Sean Echols, had been contacted by a locked up inmate that used a contraband cell phone to hire the hit on Johnson.
That wasn’t the only horrifying indecent that occurred, this has happened to a Georgian mother. Her child was murdered in her own arms by a hit that was ordered by several despicable inmates that made the call while locked up. The nation’s correctional facilities and prisons are quickly waking up to the fact that cell phones in the wrong hands are capable of destroying many innocent lives. Robert Johnson is on a mission to put a stop to illegal cell phone activities so stories like his won’t ever happen again. He now works for Securus Technologies as a paid consultant. Securus Technologies is the nation’s top provider of civil and criminal justice tech solutions, they have created an innovative solution for curtailing illegal cell phone use in our nation’s incarceration environments.
Securus’ new system is called ‘Wireless Containment Solutions’, it is designed to primarily detect and block any illegal cell phone activities within its stationed facility. This system has helped correctional officers across the U.S. find concealed contraband cellphones and regulate an inmate’s incoming and outgoing calls. There was a reported number of over 1.7 million unauthorized calls that were blocked in eight U.S. facilities in just one year. An inmate serving 10 years at the Evans Correctional Institution, Jose Ariel Rivera, had filmed a Facebook Live video of him holding a knife and it went viral. This wasn’t the first time that the inmate had been caught using illegal communications. Evans Correctional Institution could have prevented these embarrassing incidents if they had only used Securus’ Wireless Containment Solutions.