I must admit that most of my knowledge of how life inside prison works comes from the hundreds of reruns of crime dramas I’ve watched throughout the years. While obviously those aren’t a realistic picture of life behind bars, I did learn something new the other day that I had never heard about on any crime drama. Apparently, contraband cell phones are the latest threat to security in our correctional institutions.
Securus Technologies published an article that detailed client testimonials of real life stories regarding how the company’s technology has helped keep correctional institutions safer. Most of Securus’ technological solutions involve the prevention or solving of crime that involves cell phones. Securus Technologies has a vast amount of technology available to correctional facilities. Rick Smith, CEO of Securus, made a statement that every week the company either invents a new technology or makes a major improvement on one that is already in existence.
The testimonials were very powerful and opened my eyes to an issue I didn’t even realize was going on in correctional institutions. Apparently, cell phones are the new drug of choice when it comes to smuggling in something that can do harm.
The testimonial that moved me the most was one that detailed how phone monitoring between two brothers (one an inmate, the other outside prison walls) helped prosecutors to get a conviction. Phone monitoring services from Securus recorded a phone conversation that captured the inmate pleading with his brother to provide him with a false alibi for the night of the crime. Clearly, this phone call showed that the man being held was guilty in some way. The brother who was on the outside apparently had never committed even the smallest of crimes in his life and could have got into a lot of trouble by providing a false alibi. In the end, the prosecution was able to use the monitored phone call at the inmate’s trial.