Over the course of the last 20 years, the gangs operating throughout the nation’s prisons have grown in membership and in power. Names such as the Mexican Mafia, the Aryan Brotherhood and the Black Guerrilla family may not be known to every American, but they strike fear and loathing into the hearts of corrections officers across the nation, who know all too well the immense danger that these organizations pose.
While the prisons gangs themselves can represent a sort of twisted symbiosis between the law of the land and the law of the jungle, their ability to keep order within the nation’s prison system can quickly be offset by their willingness to deliver chaos to society at large.
One of the most serious contributors to prison gangs acquiring dangerous levels of power and capabilities has been the advent of the compact, cheap cell phone. Modern cell phones, such as the notorious Tracfone or the even more nefarious Obama Phone, can be had for cheap or for free, making their acquisition trivial, even in stunningly large numbers.
The problem arises in the arbitrage opportunities that exist between these phones prices, which are dirt-cheap or free on the outside but may fetch upwards of $400 on the inside of prison. With such opportunities for profit, there is simply no stopping the apocalyptic deluge of cheap cell phones that have drowned the nation’s prison system in easy and effective meas of communication for inmates.
The mere presence of these phones themselves creates problems, as inmates are able to use them to circumvent the security features on the prison phone system and can undermine the very reason for incarceration: to cut off dangerous offenders from the outside world.
But once these phones fall into the hand of gang leadership, they can create deadly situations. Over the course of the last decade alone, there have been hundreds of cases of serious witness intimidation, undermining major drug cases and making a joke of the criminal justice system. Many people deemed snitches have been murdered by those who their testimony convicted. Even prison guards themselves have not been immune to the wrath of cell-phone-enabled prison gangs, with dozens of prison guards having been brutally murdered for crossing the wrong shot caller.
Now, Securus Technologies, one of the nation’s leading providers of inmate communication services, is unveiling its Wireless Containment Solution, a suite of hi-tech wizardry that allows for the 100-percent effective blocking of all unauthorized cellular calls taking place within a prison’s grounds.
The system has been tested in the field, and the results have been spectacular. Not only does the system completely shut down illegal calls, it also enables officers to pinpoint the location of all illegal phones, allowing for the confiscation of all smuggled cell phones.