Throughout the U.S. prison system, one of the most serious threats to institutional safety is that posed by illicit cellular devices. The entire purpose of prison is to keep dangerous criminals from being able to interact with the outside world, thus preventing the group most likely to commit violent offenses from ever having the opportunity to do so.
However, the U.S. prison system is populated with a large number of highly organized gangs. These gangs are sophisticated, with military-like hierarchies and highly disciplined members. They often have leadership of considerable intelligence and require their members to be well versed in tactical theoreticians ranging from Sun Tzu to Von Clausewitz. In short, these gangs are serious threats that operate as paramilitary organizations.
The problem arises because these prison gangs are so well organized that merely locking up their individual members in not enough to ensure that they are neutralized as a threat. Many prison gangs, such as the Mexican Mafia and Aryan Brotherhood, have active members on the outside. A good number of these outside members, also known as soldiers, have done prison time themselves for serious offenses. In effect, this means that such gangs are only contained to the extent that they cannot communicate with their members on the outside of prison.
Gang hits are usually facilitated by contraband cell phones
Over the last decade, the number of gang hits ordered by leaders, also known as shot-callers, on the inside has skyrocketed. These hits are almost always ordered by gang members who are able to make use of illicit cellular devices within the prison. Cell phones that are not authorized by the prison are so dangerous because they give these ruthless gangs the ability to communicate, unencumbered, with members on the outside, who are often then ordered to commit serious crimes ranging from high-level drug trafficking to hits on witnesses, guards and rival gang members.
Securus can shut down the contraband cell phone pipeline
But a new tool has come on the scene that may be the answer prison guards and administrators across the nation have been looking for regarding the scourge of illicit cell phones. With its Wireless Containment System, Securus is able to claim a nearly 100 percent detection and interdiction rate of all illegal cell phones within an institution where it is deployed. This has not only enabled guards to radically increase the number of illegal cell phones that they detect and confiscate, it also means that no unauthorized cellular call can be placed from within the prison. Should an inmate try to make an outgoing call on on unauthorized device, they receive a message that the call is unable to be completed.