An ex-corrections officer named Robert Johnson has dedicated his life to protecting communities from dangerous prison inmates. He works for Securus Wireless which is a company that regulates communications between inmates and the outside world. Even after being shot six times for his incredible work, Johnson continues to pursue his mission. In his surgery, the doctor said that Johnson died twice but his wife said he didn’t die because his life work here was not over yet. Knowing how lethal a cellphone can be in an inmate’s hands is what Johnson claims is the motivation behind his relentless efforts. Countless crimes have been committed by inmates using cell phones to sell drugs, order killings, and purchase various illicit contraband. In fact, Johnson’s near-death experience was a hit ordered by an inmate’s cellphone. It was difficult at first for Johnson to figure out a way to prevent inmates from using cell phones, due to the fact that the FCC cannot legally block radio signals. Since he started working with Securus Technologies, he has been shown a solution. The company uses a containment system to detect outgoing calls from prisons, and then disconnect unidentified calls.
Not only does Securus Technologies block unidentified outgoing calls, it also tracks information being sent via cell phone. It then provides the information to correctional staff to detect who is using the phones, and prevent future illegal cell phone use. Securus’ goal is to protect the general public along with the correctional staff. According to many correctional officers, inmates using cell phones is the most dangerous criminal activity occurring within their prisons. Securus Technologies is based out of Texas, but now facilitates communications for over 3,000 agencies and over one million inmates.
Without companies like Securus Technologies, the amount of crime caused by inmates using cell phones would be exponentially higher, posing a serious threat to the public and protection staff. As Securus continues to develop, inmates in the near future may be entirely without cell phones, which would cause a reduction in inmate crime.
The work of people like Robert Johnson is what inspires others to make an effort to protect the general public. We can use this example to find ways that we can help begin a movement to benefit society today.