While I think of my cell phone as an apparatus to connect with my friends, check up on my favorite apps and stay connected with the outside world, I recently read an article that showed me how much danger a cell phone could bring when the wrong people are connecting with the outside world.
Securus Technologies is a company that provides a wide array of technology solutions that are mostly designed to contain and control connectivity in correctional institutions and prisons. I had never really thought of this as an issue. However, apparently it is an issue that is growing rapidly in our correctional system. Cell phones are being smuggled in like drugs or weapons and correction officers rely on technology like the kind provided by Securus to combat the growing threat.
Securus Technologies is the largest provider of connectivity based prison security in North America. The company has its headquarters in Dallas, Texas and is believed to have technology contracts with over 2,600 prisons and correctional institutions across the United States and Canada. Securus Technologies has been rapidly growing over the past decade. Rick Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Securus, says that the technology is so important that rarely a week goes by that Securus doesn’t come out with a new technology designed to increase security.
Securus Technologies recently shared a few stories from clients with specific examples of how the technology has helped prevent or detect crime regarding cell phones and connectivity. The article was extremely interesting and helped me to realize how simple it would be for inmates to commit a crime if they had access to wireless networks or could make calls to anyone they wanted without monitoring. While cell phones continue to be a growing staple of life outside of prison walls, I realized how important it is to contain the ability to connect inside correctional facilities.