Technology keeps getting better by the day. Smart phones are getting smarter and there are a variety of apps available the make life easier. Technology is also catapulting forward in a world that you probably haven’t given much thought. That world is the criminal justice system.
Securus Technologies is the leader in innovation in this world. The company was one of the first to introduce video chat services. Video chat, much like Skype, is incredibly important for prisoners because it allows them to visit as many loved ones as possible in a short period of time. It’s also very helpful for children. A prisoner can visit with her child when the child is in a comfortable place instead of the scary confines of a prison.
Securus has also innovated a cell phone blocking system. Cell phones are often smuggled into prisons so prisoners can communicate whenever they want. But Securus has initiated a jamming system that prevents phones from connecting to networks inside a certain radius. The tech also locates the rogue phone so that corrections officers can take the contraband.
Every single phone call, text, email and video chat going through Securus is recorded. That’s a treasure trove of digital information that can prevent crimes and achieve search warrants. But our law enforcement community does not have the manpower to listen in on every one of these conversations. Securus has come up with a solution.
A software program goes deep into the digital database to locate all messages involving a single person’s voice. It can also flag certain phrases. This allows correctional officers to cut off crime before it happens. Information obtained from these phone calls has also led to search warrants, convictions and arrests.
We are well past the days where prisons just had phones hanging on the walls. We need a tech company that can keep up like Securus.
Part of my duties as a police officer is trying to prevent crimes and protect our citizens from potential harm. This can be the most challenging part of the job because we have to be able to anticipate things that are going to happen and take the right action to put the responsible parties in custody before they slip away. I have relied on informants in the past to help, but technology has been changing the way law enforcement has been able to really prevent certain crimes from occurring.
When certain suspects keep coming up on the radar time and time again, it is a pretty good indication that if they are on the streets that they are going to be up to no good. These suspects usually only know one way of life on the streets, so if they are not in jail finishing out a sentence, they are back on the street doing what got them arrested in the first place. Each time they get back on the street, they feel even more invincible, and that can be very troubling for the community.
When the leads dry up and the informants are no longer talking, I have found a new resource at our prison that is helping me to prevent many crimes before they ever happen. Securus Technologies installed their new inmate call monitoring system and trained the officers to use the LBS software. This company is headed by CEO Richard Smith, and he is dedicated to making the world safer with his 1,000 employees. These guys really want to change the world.
Once I plug in a few suspects into the systems and begin monitoring those calls, we pick up chatter from the inmates talking about drug deliveries, where certain meetings are taking place, and even where large shipments of drugs are to be brought in. In the past we would have to sit there and try to pick up conversations one at a time per officer and per line. Now the software can do the work of several officers, locating certain phrases or keywords and finding specific chatter to help our case.
This call monitoring system has been instrumental in helping my team to prevent a number of crimes in our city. As we get better at using the system, more suspects who think they can go back to business as usual are going to find out that is not the case any longer. The goal here is to stop the crimes on the street by keeping those suspects behind bars longer. With the help of the new call monitoring system, we have been able to start moving in that direction faster than we realized we could.