The use of contraband cellphones by inmates in prison shows an increase in crime and violence across the country, according to a press release in Digital Journal.
Because of the alleged increase in crime, Securus Technologies is selling its Wireless Containment Solution (WCS) for operation inside of jails and prisons around the nation, the Journal reported. The private cellphone network operates inside jails and prisons to specifically stop unauthorized communication from contraband cellphones.
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“This controlled network denies all unauthorized cellphones access to any commercial mobile network, giving corrections agencies’ administration and security staff control over potential crimes and violence conducted by, and sometimes on, their inmates and others,” it was reported.
According to the Journal, the WCS Securus system has capabilities unmatched throughout the nation that were not thought possible.
“Securus (phone and video conferencing for prisons) will oversee 2.4 million video calls this year (2017), two-thirds of them remote, i.e., paid. Rates vary by jail (most are county jails), from $5 to $12.99 for a 20-minute call and, in at least one jail, $40 for 40 minutes,” said Securus Chief Executive Officer Richard Smith to Bloomberg. BUSINESSWEEK.com Oct. 9, 2017 Securus now controls about a third of the video market.
“It is the only available solution that is greatly enhancing the safety of correctional officers and the public by effectively controlling and managing contraband cellphones used illegally by inmates,” the Journal reported.
Last year and earlier this year, Securus announced it was investing over $40 million in its WCS system to “eradicate contraband cellphones from the nation’s correctional facilities.” It was reported that it uses state-of-the-art technology and software-defined radio technology that strongly controls radio frequency distribution.
“Vanu has been committed to making a difference in developing a solution to prevent and to manage illicit cellphone use in correctional facilities,” said Andrew Beard, Vanu’s CEO.
Securus Technology is a Texas-based company that serves more than 3,500 correctional facilities and law enforcement agencies. More than 1.2 million inmates in the United States use the Securus inmate-calling phone service.