A prison inmate using his cell phone to call people outside of his prison cell is an unthinkable problem. However, this problem actually exists and many prisoners all over the globe are doing this. They even conduct their nefarious business from inside their cells and even threaten others who are outside their prison walls. But I found out that someone has already devised a way to stop this problem and he was shot for doing so – on the orders of a prison inmate. This is how the story goes.
Robert Johnson from South Florida and also a former correction officer for 15 years is the person responsible for this security system. His previous work was mainly spent in confiscating contraband from prison inmates. Johnson’s mission today is to keep cell phones from being used by prison inmates for nefarious purposes. He was very good at his current work that a contract was made to end his life.
He was shot at home by Sean Echols, a recently released ex-convict. The contract to murder Johnson was made through a contraband cell phone used by a prison inmate. Apparently, prison inmates who are angered by Johnson’s work and want to stop him contracted Echols to do the dirty job. But Johnson survived the attempt and is still working on perfecting his system.
I also found out that he is now working with Securus Technologies as a security consultant. This company deals with telecoms services. It has a contract with Florida where it is required to provide paid telephone calls for its prison inmates. Because of the possibility of bad cell phone calls, Securus is now using the Wireless Containment System. This system is designed to manage and control the calls being made by the prisoners. It is used to detect the unauthorized and nefarious use of cell phones and stop such calls from being made.
A spokesman for Securus said that they have literally constructed a cell phone network. He explained that if a cell phone uses the network to dial a number, the system is able to choose what they would do to that number. The inmates think that they are already connected to the network, but a very different thing happens, the spokesman explained. He added that they only connect the authorized numbers and that they don’t allow unauthorized numbers to connect their calls. Securus claims that they have already blocked 1.7 million calls from prison inmates using this security system. This system, however, allows 911 calls from inmates to go through.