One of the problems that the nation’s prisons and their staff have long grappled with is how to effectively police communications taking place within the prison itself, on devices which are accessible to inmates. This has long presented a serious problem to corrections officers and administration because of the potential for prison gangs to abuse their access to communication devices, furthering criminal enterprises and even presenting serious safety threats to those on the outside.
Securus Technologies has long recognized this as being one of the most serious problems facing prison communication systems. It has developed a full line of products to combat the illicit use of prison communications devices, denying organized gangs and individual criminals the opportunity to communicate in furtherance of illicit activities.
One of these technologies is the system known as Location Based Services. This is a suite of technologies that allow corrections officers to be automatically notified when any suspicious activity is taking place over the prisons communication systems. This includes calls to devices owned by parties that have been flagged as suspicious or who have been banned from the prison itself. It also includes the ability to geographically locate the location to which inmates are placing their calls.
Historically, the phone calls being placed to cellular devices located within close proximity to the prison itself has been a major red flag for potential criminal activity. This includes the introduction of contraband, such as drugs or weapons, into the prison as well as the potential for parties located within the immediate vicinity of the facility to be conspiring in order to help prisoners escape.
With Location Based Services, these issues become non threats. The system can be programmed to automatically notify officers whenever activity is taking place that fits a profile consistent with criminal activity or other known threats.