According to Ohio Republican Congressman Steve Chabot, contraband cellphones are the hidden weapons that inmates use to coordinate criminal activity beyond the razor-sharp prison fences. Cellphones that find their way into the prison environment pose a major threat to the safety of correctional officers and to the general public. Tennessee Congressman David Kustoff is pushing his fellow Congressmen to force the Federal Communications Commission to set up meetings with cellphone providers, prison officials, and the FBI to block or slow down the use of contraband phones. Inmates continue their illegal activities outside the prison walls thanks to these illegal phones. Kustoff made that request in November 2017, and the Chairman of the FCC said he needs 120 days to set up that kind of meeting. What Kustoff doesn’t know is there is a system in place in prisons across the country that is blocking contraband phone use. The system is the Securus Technologies Wireless Containment System, and the prisons that have the Securus system up and running are giving the Securus system rave reviews. The Securus Wireless Containment System not only blocks contraband phone use behind bars, it can also detect the location of these communication weapons.
The American public may not realize how important this Wireless Containment System is because they think cell phones are communication tools that enhance their well-being in several ways. But when these phones are in the hands of inmates, they become weapons of destruction. Inmates can orchestrate crimes, and even order hits on other gang members while they are sitting on a concrete slab talking on a contraband phone. Illegal phones threaten the safety of law-abiding citizens as well as the safety of prison officials. The Securus Wireless Containment System is doing what Congress wants the FCC to do. But the FCC is not up to speed on the technological advancements that Securus has put in place in prisons around the country.
Wireless Containment System feedback is positive. Securus executives call the feedback better than positive because the system is helping prison officials deal with one of the most dangerous prison issues. Prison security systems may not stop phones from getting in the prison system, but Securus found a way to make those phone non-threatening, according to several prison officials who stand by the Securus Wireless Containment System. While Congress is trying to establish a way to stop contraband phones from entering prisons, Securus found a way to make them a non-issue if they get past prison security. That’s the kind of fix prisons need more of, and Securus Technologies gets high marks for giving prisons the kind of immediate fixes that work without all the Congressional arguing and the endless red tape.