Robert Johnson is a former corrections officer that currently lives in Delray, Florida. He has worked at Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina for fifteen years, mainly confiscating contraband from convicts. On March 5, 2010, something extremely daunting happened to Robert Johnson and he is lucky to be alive. One of the prisoners had put a hit on Mr. Johnson with just a basic contraband cell phone. Why would Mr. Johnson become a target? Well, he was just doing his job and intercepted a prison gang’s fairly large contraband package. The package was valued at around $50,000 and his keen eye had prevented the contents from ever getting into the hands of those locked up.
Mr. Johnson woke up around 5:30 in the morning to get ready for work and then suddenly he heard a boom. He heard his front door being kicked in and immediately knew it was a probably a hit. As the hitman came in, Mr. Johnson had diverted him to the hallway, this was to keep the assailant away from his bedroom where his wife was sleeping. As he struggled with the large assailant, he had pushed Mr. Johnson backwards and pointed a gun towards him. Robert Johnson was shot a total of six times, the doctors said he actually died twice during surgery but persevered. The prisoner had contacted the hitman with a contraband cell phone and paid him $6,000 on a reloadable Greendot card. Mr. Johnson testified during a hearing with the FCC about how to control the issues of contraband cell phones in prisons well after his recovery. His daunting story can now open the eyes of others as well as myself on the importance of providing wireless containment solutions for incarcerated environments everywhere. He now works as a paid consultant for Securus Technologies, a civil and criminal justice technology solution company based in Dallas, TX.
Securus Technologies provide monitored paid calls and video chats for inmates. They use an innovative Wireless Containment System to manage and block an inmate’s unauthorized cell phone call. Securus Technologies realizes the widespread severity of contraband cell phone usage in our country. In the wrong hands, these mobile devices can do so much unnecessary harm. Their Wireless Containment System have detected and prevented more than 1.7 million unauthorized communication attempts in eight correctional institutions in the U.S. There are still many correctional facilities here in the U.S. that aren’t equipped with these tech solutions. An inmate recently posted a Facebook Live video using an illegal cell phone and he was also holding a knife. This was his second time being caught with a contraband cell phone, if the correctional facility used Securus’s new system the incident would have never occurred.