There are obvious reasons why inmates should not have cell phones that they can use in the prisons, but that does not stop some people from not seeing it. They can try to make the case that inmates have rights too, but what they are failing to see when they say things like that is just how dangerous those inmates can be in certain situations. People are not making up stories to make inmates look bad, there are real life examples that have put the lives of real people in serious danger.
A Shooting In South Carolina
If you want to know what damage an inmate with a cell phone can do, talk to Robert Johnson about it. He is a former corrections officer who has had his life touched directly by violence from inmates who were not happy with him. Those people were part of a prison gang that wanted the man taken out because he had prevented contraband materials from getting out to them while they were in prison.
Johnson had found a package that had materials that clearly were not allowed in the jail. He intercepted that package so that it did not reach its intended target. In doing this, Johnson put himself in danger when the gang decided that they wanted to take out their revenge. They do so using a cell phone to place a call to someone who attacked Johnson in his own home. Shots were fired, and the former corrections officer was lucky to have survived at all.
One company that heard about this and immediately wanted to do something about it was Securus Technologies. They are a company that provides secure communications services for prisons. They work with local and state authorities to help make sure that everyone is able to talk to the inmates that they need to only in the most secure of ways. This ranges from lawyers to family members.
Another service that Securus provides is the technology to stop something like what happened to Robert Johnson from happening to anyone else. They have cell phone tracking technology that lets them know the moment a phone has entered a prison that it is not supposed to. They can track that phone down and have it removed from the prison immediately. The inmate with the phone can then be punished accordingly. It is through the use of technology like this that Securus is literally able to make the world a little bit of a safer place. We should all push for more jurisdictions to get this kind of technology installed right away.