This may not surprise you, but the leading cause of injury within penitentiaries comes from inmates attacking other inmates. In fact, many of these attacks are planned weeks in advance. There was a day and age where guards just had to look out on the basketball court and make sure people were not grouping in some sort of conference. However, with the introduction of cell phones into correctional facilities, inmates are now using those contraband cell phones to plan attacks.
Securus Technologies decided that they would stop this evil by creating products that were able to shut down the use of contraband cell phones within the jail system.
The first product that they used is called Cell Defender. Cell Defender is a triangulation system that is used within the jail system and is able to locate a cell phone based on its GPS chip.
Once a cell phone is located, the warden or the guards can choose to access the current text messages, deleted text messages, listen in on current phone calls, or listen to delete your voicemails. They also have the option of immediately shutting off the cell phone. Once the guards were able to do this, they found that they were able to stop 75% of the attacks in their prisons before those attacks occurred. One warden went on record saying, “Not only has Cell Defender allowed us to detect inmate on inmate crime before it happens, but it also allows us to pinpoint who is the cause is that we can move them to stricter confinement.”
Securus technologies just released their newest product, wireless containment solutions. This product shuts down a phone’s wifi capabilities so that inmates cannot use social media to plan attacks, which was one of their methods since no phone plan is needed.