Nearly eight years ago, Robert Johnson almost lost his life to a hit-man due to the nature of his job. Johnson was working as a corrections officer responsible for confiscating contraband so that it does not make its way into prison facilities. A week before the fateful day, Johnson had intercepted contraband worth $50,000 and the gang affected was not happy with him. It, therefore, reached out to an ex-convict who attacked Johnson at his home at around 5:30 in the morning. Upon hearing a boom sound distinctive of his house door being kicked, Johnson immediately knew he had been marked for a hit. The assailant shot him six times in the stomach and chest, almost ending his life. Doctors did not expect him to survive and informed his wife to prepare for the worst. Miraculously, Johnson pulled through and has since then undergone 23 surgeries. He, however, still grapples with physical pain associated with the trauma he went through. Upon recovery, Johnson took it upon himself to stop inmates’ access to illegal cell phone connections. Johnson works with Securus Technologies as a paid consultant.
Another victim of hits placed by convicts is a six-month old baby boy who was killed in his mother’s arms. Those who ordered the hit were convicts who were not happy with the boy’s uncle for certain things he had done. They, therefore, ordered for the boy to be killed so as to teach his uncle a lesson. To Johnson and many others, this was a senseless killing made possible by prisoners’ access to cell phone services. Whenever Johnson hears of such incidents, he realizes that his efforts in stopping inmates from accessing illegal cell phone connections are not in vain. In the long run, his work is critical in ensuring others do not fall victim to such senseless acts by prisoners.
Wireless Containment System
Securus Technologies, which works in the corrections industry, owns a Wireless Containment System. The system is a managed access cell phone detection system which stops inmates’ cell phone calls once they attach to the network. This gives the company the freedom to do whatever it wants with calls. Consequently, if the call is through an authorized number, it is able to connect. However, if it is from an unauthorized number, it is dropped and does not go through. So far, the company has stopped 1.7 million inmate calls. This has greatly contributed to upholding public safety and ensuring other people do not go through ordeals such as the one Johnson went through.
Updates to the System
In 2017, a PRNewswire article indicated that Securus Technologies was making updates and developments to the Wireless Containment System to improve the system. These changes made the system a better solution for ensuring illegal networks are not able to intercept prison facilities. Consequently, prison facilities using the company’s containment service are now better placed to control contraband in their facilities.