When I think about technology that keeps our prisons and correctional institutions safe, I typically think about the containment aspect of technology such as doors, fences, etc. What I don’t tend to think about is that mobile technology and mobile devices are just as omnipresent in the correctional system as they are in my daily world. I recently red about Securus Technologies, a company that provides, among a very wide array of other things, security technology that aims to keep mobile devices in check in our correctional facilities.
Securus Technologies provides many other services, such as detainee communications, emergency response management and parolee tracking – but their development and deployment of technology involving cell phone use inside correctional facilities is something I never would have thought about, but is so extremely necessary in today’s mobile world. First, apparently there is a large issue with inmates and detainees bringing in or trying to smuggle in cell phones, which are not allowed, or “contraband.” Securus has a technology called Cell Defender that looks for cell phone pings that are contraband among inmates and detainees. Their technology can find these phones and then on top of that, other technologies including their Mobile Defense Technology can both monitor calls that come in and out of those phone lines as well as remotely block them from being able to connect to any WiFi that may be available.
Furthermore, Securus Technologies works with over a million inmates to provide them access to highly monitored phone lines. This is extremely important in a variety of circumstances. An article in PR Newswire outlined a few real case scenarios where that technology was extremely useful. For example, one person wrote in to tell Securus that thanks to their technology they were able to record a call where an inmate was coercing a relative to lie in his trial. That recording was then used as evidence. Also, a cell recording helped a correctional facility track down and arrest a corrupt employee.
For more real examples of how the technology has worked, the full article is here: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/securus-technologies-facility-customers-comment-on-using-technology-to-solve-and-prevent-crimes-300349185.html