Securus Technologies, a leading company in correctional facility communications, has recently implemented technology to make everyone safer. Known as “wireless containment systems,” or WCS for short, the system disables contraband cell phones from making calls and texts from the facility. The device looks like a small cell phone tower, and during testing, yielded favorable results. Blocking nearly two million calls from being made, the system is working for the benefit of everyone.
One may wonder why this technology is necessary. When calls to correctional facilities are made, they are regularly monitored and recorded, by a company such as Securus. When contraband phones are used, it’s nearly impossible to catch what’s being said and done. This has led to a series of crimes, including the shooting of a former corrections officer and even a baby. Had the system been in effect, these crimes could have been prevented. The officer injured, whose name is Robert Johnson, has been on a mission ever since to push for legislation requiring this technology in all facilities.
Securus Technologies has made advancements in its technology in recent years to provide inmates with easier and cheaper access to communication. Calling, video visitation, email, and voicemail are just a few of the technologies Securus has put in place to assist the inmates and their families. The monitoring component has assisted in solving cases, aiding investigations and prosecuting matters which once seemed impossible. It also has been used to discipline facility employees who are behaving in an unethical manner, such as allowing contraband to enter the facilities.
Securus Technologies has been around for several decades under different names. Acquiring many companies over the last few years, they’ve made significant advances. The most noteworthy of these is JPay, which has always served as a company to wire money but has recently started in other technology. Providing inmates with tablets, they’re able to use educational software to better themselves while serving their sentence. As Securus grows throughout the years, it anticipates the acquisitions and advancements in progress will continue to benefit not just those in correctional facilities, but the general public and facility employees as well. It will be interesting to see what Securus Technologies has in store for the future.