In 2009, an inmate found a way to escape from a Kansas prison thanks to a cell phone smuggled into the prisoner from an outside accomplice.
It’s just one example of what can happen when unsecured communication devices get into the hands of those serving time. Another example: A death row inmate in Texas used a smuggled cell phone to call and threaten a high-profile state senator. The prisoner was awaiting execution for killing four people, including two teenage girls.
The fact is, prison officials have long recognized the serious problems associated with inmates and their basic right to communicate with people on the outside. While allowing inmates to have contact with family, friends and others will always remain a fundamental right of the incarcerated, keeping these communications secure represents a major public safety issue.
A study posted in the FBI website says that, “prisoners have created creative methods of concealing cell phones and related contraband, such as subscriber identity module (SIM) cards used to store phone numbers and text messages.”
That’s why thousands of prison facilities across the United States have opted to contract prison communications methods with outside specialists, such as the services provided by Securus technologies.
Securus has developed high tech systems designed to help law enforcement and prison systems agencies collect, consolidate, visualize, store and distribute information in real time to facilitate access to safe, secure, monitored and controlled inmate communication activities.
Telephone systems designed by Securus Technologies prevent potentially thousands of crimes every day. At the same time, families of inmates continue to have access to their incarcerated loved ones.
The FBI says that the problems of communication-facilitated crimes by inmates is not likely to disappear soon, although effective prevention strategies and workable policies, such as those provided by Securus Technolgies, can minimize it.