Securus Technologies is a United States prison technology company that is based in Texas. Securus launched a system to control contraband cell phones of inmates. This year, the company introduced its Wireless Containment Solution that helps in preventing contraband cell phones from connecting to mobile networks. The system has since blocked over 1.7 million calls of inmates from prisons.
A few years ago, Mr. Robert Johnson was a correction officer at Lee Correlation Institution in South Carolina. After an unfortunate event that involved him getting shot at by an ex-convict who was contracted by inmates using a contraband cell phone, Mr. Johnson now works for Securus Technologies as a paid consultant. Currently, the company is using the Wireless Containment System in its contract in a Florida correlations facility. The company provides paid calls for inmates, however, with the system; they can manage the ingoing and outgoing calls.
The company is basically putting up their own cell phone network for inmates. They have an antenna that broadcast a powerful signal that reels in the calls from prison. Once a phone attaches itself to the network, and you dial a number, the call will drop. Only calls from authorized numbers such as 911 are allowed.
I think the Securus Technologies is on a roll. Not only did they set up a cell phone network that can monitor all calls from the inmates, they virtually have their own pseudo school. I mean that literally. JPay, a Securus Technologies Company, helps to educate and rehabilitate inmates. They launched JPay’s Lantern last year, and it allows a lot of inmates to get an education. Inmates are provided with JPay tablets, and so far, over 4 million education course files have been downloaded.
Considering there are almost eighty thousand students enrolled, I think it’s safe to say that this will be a huge benefit for the inmates. Having an educational attainment upon release will give them better opportunities since the student inmates will have taken basic courses, earned college credits, and received their college degrees from Ashland University. The inmates even have the option of continuing their education at Ashland University when they are released.
A state-wide digital education initiative that uses JPay Lantern was implemented by Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC). The inmates in forty-four facilities were able to access more than 100 GED prep courses and downloaded general education modules. Lantern also has a free offering of KA Lite videos, and over 2.2 million inmates have already downloaded it.
By providing education to the inmates, JPay has given them hope for a brighter future.
I think monitoring the calls of inmates will help them focus more on getting an education instead of whatever it is that is going on outside the facility. They will be able to spend their time learning and getting a degree so that, upon release, they will be productive members of their community.