Former Corrections Officer Helps in Disconnecting Inmates’ Cell Phones

Robert Johnson has been narrating his story for the last seven years to anybody who pays attention. It is his motivation of going on with his mission to keep cell phones out of inmates’ reach. Mr. Johnson believes that the whole community is in danger when inmates get access to cell phones.

 

Robert Johnson’s Story

 

In 2010, Robert Johnson, a native of Delray Beach, used to work at the Lee Correctional Institution based in South Carolina. He had worked in the corrections department for fifteen years and was charged with the duty of confiscating contraband. Mr. Johnson was so good at his job that it nearly cost him his life. He vividly recalls that two weeks before his shooting incident, they had managed to intercept a large package, valued at $50,000. On March 5, 2010 in the morning at around 5:30 a.m., he was attacked at home. He distracted the intruder towards his hallway in order to save his sleeping wife. He struggled with the attacker but he got the better of him and pushed him backwards. He then shot him six times in his stomach and chest. He was quickly rushed to hospital where the doctors thought he would not make it and when he did they called it a miracle. A suspect was arrested and charged with the attempt on his life. The hit was planned using a contraband phone.

 

Robert Johnson’s Mission

 

Despite having 23 surgeries in seven years and being in pain constantly, he has not slowed in his mission. He aims to prevent crimes perpetrated by inmates using contraband phones. He recently addressed this issue to the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC cannot jam the signals in correctional facilities due to an existing legislation. Different states are therefore looking at other technology-driven ways to sort this issue. Mr. Johnson is now a consultant for Securus Technologies, which uses a Wireless Containment System to bar inmates’ calls.

 

Securus’ Wireless Containment Solutions

 

Securus Technologies has the only tested, proven and accepted contraband interdiction technology that has been effective in a prison environment. This technology has allowed Securus to detect and prevent more than 1.7 million unlawful communication efforts from a total of eight correctional facilities in the U.S. Recently, a video recorded by an inmate brandishing a knife at Evans Correctional Institution made rounds on the internet to the nation’s shock and dismay. Securus’ Wireless Containment Solutions aims at detecting and preventing incidents such as these and others similar to it. The new technology has received a lot of accolades as many people view it as an effective way of keeping the public safe. Rick Smith, the CEO of Securus revealed that the company had invested more than $40 million and counting in the new technology and will continue doing so to make it the most effective means of keeping contraband cellphones away from inmates.

 

 

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