Wireless Containment Solution entails as a system for detecting and preventing crimes caused by contraband cell phones in correctional centers. Securus Technologies, a famed provider of criminal and civil justice technology solution for corrections and public safety, offers this system to correctional facilities including Florida, which is provides paid calls for prisoners.
Robert Johnson, a former correctional officer, revealed the story that led to the introduction of Securus’ WCS in the correctional centers. Robert had been working in correctional facilities for 15 years, and he was responsible for confiscating contrabands. In 2010, he was shot in his home while serving as a dedicated officer in Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina. Robert had discovered a large package worth $50,000 two weeks before his attack.
On March 5, 2010, Robert heard a loud sound at his door when he woke up at 5:30 a.m. to go to work. The intruder shot him six times in the chest and stomach. Robert was rushed to the hospital and survived the surgery by a sheer miracle. Sean Echols, an ex-convict, was arrested and sentenced for attempting to kill Robert. After his recovery, he vowed to prevent crimes instigated by prisoners with cell phones. Robert was also motivated to fight against crime after the death of Kendarius Edwards, a nine-month-old baby. Inmates ordered the murder of Edwards because of the wrongs of the baby’s uncle.
Robert Johnson gave his opinion about the right ways of controlling contraband cell phones in correctional facilities to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a regulator of the airwaves for phone providers. Robert Johnson is currently working at Securus Technologies as a paid consultant.
The Efficacy of the WCS System
Correctional facilities that have used Securus’ WCS system have managed to block 1.7 million prisoners’ calls. Unfortunately, prisons that had not implemented Securus’ WCS have reported incidences of increased use of contraband cell phone. For instance, Jose Ariel Rivera, an inmate of Evans Correctional Institution, posted a video on Facebook Live using a contraband cell phone. Jose was serving a sentence of 10 years for burglary.
Even though this incidence was not his first attempt, the video shocked Securus Technologies and the entire nation because it was filmed in prison. FCC had promised to restructure how correctional centers accessed illegal cell phones using systems such as the WCS in March 2017. In July 2017, Securus Technologies released a report stating how WCS was effective in detecting the contrabands in prisons.
The CEO of Securus, Richard Smith, cited that the company had invested more than 40 million in the system and that it will continue to create its solution to eradicate illegal cell phones in prisons. Robert Johnson encouraged residents to ask their elected officers whether they have implemented the WCS system in prisons.