Throughout the United States prison system, one of the most serious threats faced by the nation’s penal institutions is that presented by the use of illegal cellular devices by gangs. With extremely organized, highly regimented members, prison gangs are among the most dangerous criminal organizations in the country today.
Many people do not fully grasp how dangerous these prison gangs are, not only to the safe operation of the U.S. prison system but also to the public at large. Prison gangs operate in much the same fashion as the Mafia of old. However, in many cases, modern prison gangs are even more ruthless and bloodthirsty than their gangster forebears. Modern prison gangs are responsible for a significant portion of all murders, drug trafficking and other serious crimes in the United States.
One of the most effective and dangerous tools in the prison gang’s arsenal has traditionally been the contraband cell phone. With the ability to quickly communicate with the outside world on a nearly unlimited basis, gangs who have contraband cell phones at their disposal are able to carry out their criminal activities from behind bars, almost as if they were not incarcerated at all. This not only affects the safety and security of the institution, it affects society as a whole.
Just last year, a criminal gang ordered the murder of the infant son of a person who had fallen out of favor with the gang. Kedarius Edwards, only 9 months old, was shot to death, right in the arms of his own mother. It was later learned that his uncle owed a large drug debt to a major prison gang, which had subsequently ordered the hit as a strong reminder to the man to pay his bills.
In another incident, a prison guard by the name of Robert Johnson was shot six times in his own home as he prepared to leave for his job at the prison where he worked. The gunman had been paid $6,000 by a prison gang that Johnson had dealt with in the institution where he was employed. At trial, it was revealed that Johnson had been the corrections officer responsible for the interception of a package containing an estimated $50,000 worth of heroin. The gang that ordered the hit was believed to have been the intended recipient of the package.
While these stories are bad enough, they are far from the worst examples of what can happen when dangerous prison gangs get their hands on illegal cell phones. Now, Securus Technologies, one of the largest providers of inmate communications services in the country, has rolled out a system called the Wireless Containment System, which is capable of completely eliminating the threat of illegal cell phone use by blocking all outgoing calls.
It is estimated that this system will be able to save countless lives of corrections officers, witnesses and other innocents who would have otherwise fallen victim to coordinated gang attacks.