Securus Technologies has been a leader in their field of practice for some time. They are a company that produces communications technologies for prisons. In other words, they create things that make all communications that come to and from the prisons safer and more monitored. In some cases this even means blocking out types of communications that were never supposed to have been leaking out of the prisons in the first place. It is not easy work, but this company has been more than happy to step up to the plate to help.
Competitors have simply lacked the technology, expertise, or funds to do the kind of jobs that Securus has done. This is particularly difficult and bad because when a company fails at their job in this field, the failure is usually very public and potential dangerous.
There is a need to keep the prisons and the general public safe from those in the prison who might like to abuse communications privileges to have outsiders commit more crimes on their behalf. This is exactly what happened in South Carolina to former corrections officer Robert Johnson.
Johnson was a seasoned corrections officer who was good at his job. Sadly for him, this success was what made him a target for some prison gangs. When he took away some contraband that had entered the prison, the gang was not too happy about it. They wanted him eliminated. Using a contraband cell phone and a GreenDot card that had cash on it, they made a call to someone who was supposed to shoot Johnson to kill him.
That person did attempt to carry out the mission. Johnson was shot multiple times, but through some kind of miracle he survived the situation. He was able to pull through, but he has still had numerous surgeries since the incident. He also lives with constant pain as a result of what happened.
It is tragic that someone had to suffer so much for just doing the job that they were supposed to be doing. This is why it is so important that all of the rest of us recognize the sacrifice that this man and others have made. We must push legislators and others to implement new reforms and regulations to help keep contraband cell phones out of our prisons permanently.