One of the most serious threats to emerge in the nation’s prison system over the last decade has been the introduction of cheap and reliable cellular phones. These cellular devices are oftentimes used by organized criminal gangs to carry out some of the most heinous crimes known to law enforcement. Gangs have been known to use the contraband cellular phones in order to intimidate witnesses, carry out assassinations of gang members and even to murder prison staff and other law enforcement officials.
So serious has the problem become that many prisons have been desperate to find a solution to this terrible problem. Now, Securus Technologies, one of the most important providers of inmate communications technologies in the country, has begun developing a system that will eventually eliminate all illegal cell phones from within the nation’s prisons. Known as the Wireless Containment System, the technology is able to completely interdict all unauthorized cellular communication originating from within the boundaries of a prison complex.
The system has been slowly rolled out across the western United States. The early results have indicated that the system is nearly 100 percent effective, being able to effectively prevent all unauthorized communications from taking place. It does this by tricking the cellular devices into believing that it is a local relay tower. Once the call is connected to the Wireless Containment System, the system is able to automatically block it, giving the user a message that their call cannot be completed.
By rendering illegal cell phones completely unusable, Securus has taken a major step in the fight against crime taking place within the nation’s prisons. This eliminates one of the key components that give organized criminal gangs their strength within prison. Without the ability to communicate effectively with the outside world, these gangs will slowly lose their grip on power, handing it back to the prison guards tasked with maintaining order and safety within the nation’s carceral facilities.