One of the most serious threats to have emerged over the last two decades in the nation’s prison system has been the appearance of cheap and readily accessible contraband cell phones. These phones are often used by some of the most vicious gangs in the country, enabling them to carry out criminal activity both on the inside of prison and out. In some cases, this has effectively nullified the incarceration of some of the most dangerous criminals in the prison system, allowing them to carry out crimes in the outside of prison as if they had not been incarcerated at all.
But over the last few years, Securus Technologies, one of the nation’s leading providers of inmate communications technologies, has steadily rolled out its Wireless Containment System, a technology designed to interdict all illegal cellular communications originating from within a prison. This technology is proving to be enormously successful, virtually eliminating the use of contraband cellular phones to make outgoing phone calls from the nation’s carceral facilities.
In institutions where the system has been implemented, the reduction in problems created by contraband cell phones have been truly astonishing. In many of the prisons where the system has been installed, the number of outgoing calls successfully placed by unauthorized cellular devices within the prison has been reduced to nothing. In addition to this, the system allows staff to immediately identify any contraband cellular devices that are turned on, directing them to the precise location of the unauthorized device.
Although the system has only been rolled out in a few of the nation’s many prisons, Securus estimates that, by the end of the year, it may be installed it up to a quarter of all the nation’s penal institutions. Securus predicts that the system will be in widespread use by the year 2020, with most of the nation’s prisons having deployed the WCS or similar system.