Securus Technologies puts dent in prison gang communications

While the United States prison system is not the absolute worst in the world, by any stretch of the imagination, a few features that are unique to the United States mean that the country’s carceral institutions face unusual problems not faced by other countries. One of those problems is the threat that criminal gangs pose. While gangs can be found in prison systems throughout the world, they are nowhere more powerful and all-consuming of prison daily life than in the United States.


The gang problem is not uniformly distributed throughout the country’s prisons. In some states, it is much more acute than in others. However, as the nation continues to ethnically diversify, states that were previously all but free of prison gangs, like Maine, are beginning to see the same kinds of dynamics play out in their corrections systems that are taking place in states notorious for gang-infestation, like California.


One of the factors that leads to the formation of prison gangs is ethnic diversity within prison systems. While many parts of the United States serve as a shining example of how multiculturalism can work in a democratic setting, when the most anti-social elements of multiple races are forced together into conditions that closely approximate the combat of war, racial harmony quickly breaks down. Thus, we can see in the state of California strictly enforced rules of racial segregation. Despite the fact that official prison segregation has been struck down by the high courts, de facto segregation persists, and it is ruthlessly internally enforced by the race-based gangs themselves.


The racial element adds fuel to an already raging fire of gang criminality and violence. Today’s prison gangs tend to be highly disciplined, hierarchical and run by competent, intelligent leadership. They also tend to operate more like the Mafia of old than the juvenile street gangs that many people may associate them with. The main concern of almost all prison gangs is not gaining turf or being feared; it is making money.


For all of these reasons, the sudden introduction of illegal cellphones into the nation’s prisons in the 2000s gave these dangerous and highly organized gangs the most effective tool for carrying out their drug-money-fueled mayhem that they could have ever dreamed of. Gang leaders suddenly found themselves able to order the intimidation of witnesses, completion of drug sales and even the assassination of prison guards on the outside, with no interference from guards. Illegal cellphones threatened to completely undermine the security of the nation’s entire criminal justice system by empowering these ruthless gangs.


But now, Securus Technologies has unveiled its Wireless Containment System, a high-tech device capable of shutting down 100 percent of illegal cellular calls made from prisons where it is deployed. With the WCS, Securus is taking back America’s prisons from ruthless gangs.


Securus Technologies: Starting a New Business Venture

Securus Technologies has recently acquired GovNetPay, an online payment system for paying public transactions including fines, bails, fees, and taxes. Securus Technologies has become one of the most successful telecommunications company in the United States and Canada, serving more than 3,500 correctional facilities and providing them with their communication needs. They are also looking after the communication needs of more than one million prisoners, giving them a chance to communicate with their loved ones outside the correctional facility using the state of the art devices from Securus Technologies. According to Mr. Pickens, the present CEO of Securus Technologies, acquiring GovNetPay would give them the edge over their competitors, and he also added that putting the leading payment system in the United States would make them ahead of their competitors in the field of providing convenient payment services to the public.



It is a great business idea for Securus Technologies to acquire GovNetPay because now that the payment system is under their ownership, the families of the prisoners can directly pay through the system, and it will be processed faster due to their in-house computer technology.



GovNetPay was created in 1997 by a sheriff who wanted to have a fast and reliable system that can process the transactions of the people in his county who has to pay their fees and fines. With the help of several people working in the computer industry, GovNetPay was introduced. It quickly became one of the most popular payment platforms in the United States, and it managed to gain popularity in 26% of all the total number of counties in America. According to Securus Technologies, they will be improving the features found inside the portal of GovnetPay to ensure convenient and fast transactions. GovNetPay continues to become one of the most popular payment platforms in the United States.



Securus Technologies is Helping to Keep Our Jail Free of Contraband

Perhaps the biggest issue that we have at the jail I work is contraband getting into the hands of the inmates. Ask just about any prisoner in our jail and they will tell you that they have an easier time getting drugs in jail than they did out on the streets. That is something we are not proud of, and we have been making great strides in getting this under control.


Each day, me and my team start out by carefully inspecting the belongings and the person who is on the visitor lists. These folks are not allowed into the jail until they are checked thoroughly. Even then, contraband gets into the jail.


Each day, me and my team do surprise inspections of cells, and even though we find a decent quantity of drugs, the problem seems to be getting worse in recent weeks. We have several informants on the inside that help, but it is like trying to plug a bursting dame with a stick of gum.


One of the resources we use daily is the inmate communication system. By monitoring what the inmates say on the phone to each other, we have been able to stop or intercept many deliveries from civilians. When we got the call that Securus Technologies was going to upgrade our communication system we knew we finally had something in our hands that would put a huge dent into the efforts of the inmates to get contraband into their cells.


After my first week of training, I was able to overhear two brothers talking about how the heroin was being brought into the jail. We began looking at mail in a whole new way and discovered many of the letters we thought were clean were coated with drugs that were making it right under our noses to the inmates.