There is a major problem with contraband cell phones in our nation’s prisons. They have leaked into just about every facility around the country, and it just gets worse by the day. This is a major issue because of how dangerous a cell phone can be in the hands of an inmate. Robert Johnson, an ex-corrections officer from South Carolina knows all about it. He has experienced first hand what can happen when a cell phone falls into the wrong hands.
He worked in a South Carolina prison for approximately fifteen years. In that time, he had taken up numerous contraband cell phones from inmates. Doing so angered many inmates and also made Robert a target for those same inmates. At one point in his working career, he and his fellow guards intercepted a package that they believed had a value of approximately $50,000. That was something that the prison gangs had gotten wind of, and when they did, they ordered a hit on Johnson.
It was about two weeks after the package interception that Johnson was targeted in his home. He heard an intruder knock down his front door and immediately jumped into action. He coaxed the intruder into the hallway to take him on one-on-one. He did not want this person to have a shot at killing either his wife or children. Robert Johnson was shot several times but managed to pull through alive. It was a real miracle that he survived the ordeal.
We now get to hear his story and why it is so important in general to keep cell phones out of the hands of those in prison because he made it through that night. Had things gone even a little differently, he might not have survived at all.
Securus Technologies has heard about this story and sees it as a profile of why the work that they do is so important. They are involved in setting up all kinds of safe communications devices in prisons. They do help inmates connect to their loved ones in safe and monitored ways, but they also have a focus on preventing contraband cell phones from entering prisons or from being used.
Many states have started to see the value in using systems developed by Securus to help them keep cell phones from being used illegally in prisons. They have identified this as a serious threat to public safety, and they have taken the actions necessary to make sure that the kind of thing that happened to Robert Johnson does not happen to some of their own officers. It is because of this that so many states have started to see a reduction in the number of similar incidents. Securus Technologies applauds this progress.