Securus Technologies, one of the leading providers of prison communication systems, has recently unveiled a game-changing technology in the fight against contraband cell phones. Known as the Wireless Containment System, the cell phone detection and interdiction suite allows for the interception of all unauthorized cellular communications as well as the ability of corrections officers to detect and locate any unauthorized device that has been smuggled into the institution.
Contraband cell phones have long posed a serious threat to the safety of penal facilities across the nation. With the world’s largest population of prison gang members, the United States prison system is overrun with some of the most dangerous criminal organizations in the world. The problem with these violent and well-organized prison gangs is that, with effective and easy forms of communication with the outside world, the gangs and their members can nullify their own incarceration. This is because many of the most powerful prison gangs in the U.S. prison system, such as the Aryan Brotherhood and Mexican Mafia, may have half or more of their respective memberships comprised of those living on the outside of the prison system.
These outside gang members, known as soldiers, are bound to comply with any order issued by the gang’s leadership, just as they would be if they were real soldiers in a conventional military. Therefore, any time these dangerous gangs get hold of contraband cell phones, they are immediately able to continue perpetrating serious crimes, just as if they were walking the streets again.
In fact, contraband cell phones have been used in many cases of witness intimidation, large-scale drug shipments to the inside of prison and even hits on witnesses and guards. Access to unauthorized communication devices also enables gangs to cement their power within the prison itself. Often times, gangs will use the illegal cell phones to get information on rival gang members, other non-gang-affiliated inmates or even their own membership. This information can then be used for purposes of extortion or enforcing intragang discipline, especially in the case of discovering any prior cooperation with the police of gang members coming from other facilities.
In short, the surge of contraband cell phones that have flooded the nation’s prison system are one of the top threats to the safe and effective operation of the institutions themselves as well as the safety of those on the outside.
Now, Securus Technologies, one of the nation’s largest prison security companies, has unveiled the first system that can claim to be 100-percent effective in neutralizing the threat posed by contraband cell phones. Known as the Wireless Containment System, the technology can prevent calls from being placed by any unauthorized device. Where the system has been deployed, officers are reporting the almost complete neutralization of unauthorized communication devices.