As a criminal justice major, I was very interested to learn about innovative companies that are using the power of technology to benefit us and to regular our country’s prison system. When I think about crime committed by inmates in the prison system, I typically think of drug rings or hand to hand violence. I never would have thought about the role that technology would play in allowing inmates to commit crimes while incarcerated.
Cell phones are typically contraband in prisons and correctional institutions, meaning they should not be brought in. However, many inmates have these smuggled in and they attempt to do bad things or commit crimes with them while on the inside.
Securus Technologies is a company I recently read about that has worked diligently to make sure that cell phones and other technology can’t do any harm if they are smuggled into a prison. First, they have a technology that is able to locate and pinpoint any contraband cell phones that are brought in to prison. The service allows prison security to be notified when there is a cell phone brought in and then they can locate and confiscate that phone. Securus Technologies also has a technology that blocks mobile phones from being able to access any wireless services, whether they are known or not. This is critical as inmates can commit crimes or do other harmful acts with the simple act of connecting to WiFi.
In fact, Securus is so prized by its user base that clients took it upon themselves to write in to note the ways that the technology has helped their prison system. For example, one person wrote in from a prison and stated that by using Securus’s tech they were able to uncover an entire ring of drug and alcohol inside the prison.