One of the most serious problems facing the nation’s carceral institutions today is the scourge of illicit cell phones. These devices may seem innocuous enough, but they’re often used by highly organized criminal gangs to further activities that are both dangerous and pose a serious threat to the institution and even the safety of those in the outside.
Illegal cellular telephones are often passed into the prison through in-person visitation. Visitors to the prison will secrete the illicit devices within their clothing, purses or even bodies. Once inside the prison, these devices pose a serious threat. Corrections officers are completely unable to monitor the communications taking place on unknown and illicit cellular devices. In addition to this, modern cell phones have the computing power of typical laptops that were on the market 15 years ago. This means that a prisoner with access to a cell phone, in effect, has full computer access. This is a situation that can become very dangerous when these devices are allowed into the hands of shot callers and other gang members, who often use them to further drug deals, witness intimidation and even to perform hits on the outside of the prison, as well as against other inmates.
But Securus Technologies is changing all of this. Through its system known as Stingray, a cutting edge cellular interdiction and detection system devised on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan for use against enemy combatants, Securus is quickly stepping up the fight against elicit cellular devices within the nation’s prisons. Stingray gives corrections officers the tools they need to completely eliminate all contraband cellular devices from the institutions that are charged with keeping safe.
This is a major step forward in removing a powerful weapon that gangs use to consolidate and maintain their power.