Adopting Wireless Containment System to Eliminate Contraband Devices in Prison

As a correctional officer, Robert Johnson made it his mission to confiscate contraband. He became so good at his work that inmates found it hard to keep cell phones. As a result, there was an attempt on his life. According to Mr. Johnson, when an inmate has access to cell-phones, it poses a danger to both other inmates and the community. The attempt on his life came one early morning as he was about to proceed to work. Two weeks before the incident, Johnson intercepted a package belonging to a prison gang. The contraband was valued at $50,000. The morning of the attack, Johnson heard his door get kicked in, and as a way of protecting his wife, he called the assailant to the hallway. He was shot six times in the stomach and chest.


According to the doctors, the bullet wounds were fatal, and his survival was more of a miracle. The attacker was an ex-convict. He was contacted through a contraband cell phone and paid $6,000 on a re-loadable Green dot card. After the incident, Johnson has undergone 23 surgeries. However, preventing crime through the use of contraband phones remains as part of the dedication. In a similar event, a child died as a result of a hit ordered by inmates. Today, Johnson works as a consultant with Securus Technologies. As there is a federal law that inhibits the facilities from completely blocking the signals in prisons, they have now adopted a Wireless Containment System as a way of dropping calls from inmate’s cell phones.


Wireless Containment Systems operate by establishing a local cellular network. Therefore, for inmates to make or receive a call, it must go through the local network and get approval. As a result, guards can detect and prevent unauthorized calls from getting in/out of the facility. Additionally, the technology stores data from identified illegal cell phones in the network. The system doesn’t interfere with the inmate’s ability to communicate. There are prison call points (landlines). They serve to connect inmates with the outside world. The landlines have a list of approved contacts. The Wireless Containment System works with a similar technology with WI-FI. Therefore, just like we adopt measures to inhibit people from using the network, so does the WCS. It acts only to block un-authorized caller IDs.


The system is better understood by the use of an analogy. Inmates are confined within the walls of a prison and can only leave with the permission of a judge or warden. The WCS works similarly. The LTE is the society while the prisoners are on the local network (prison). Therefore, for communication to take place with the LTE network, devices must be registered with the local network. As a result, contraband devices are flagged and declined from making contact with the public LTE network. Today, Captain Johnson is a great advocate of the Wireless Containment Systems.


The DACA Program Is In Danger From The Trump Administration

The DACA program is under attack from GOP extremist members. DACA works with youths without documentation, provided they have the correct prerequisites. They can stop them from being deported, provide a social security number, and give them the opportunity for employment within the United States. The program is based on a two-year renewal, and in many cases a driver’s license can be acquired.

The Trump administration received a letter from Ken Paxton, the Attorney General of Texas. The letter threatened legal action if the DACA program was not rescinded. This would be in the form of a phasing out, not an instant termination. Future renewals would not be available. The Hispanic Caucus, and John Kelly joined forces in a meeting to discuss to the 800,000 people now in jeopardy.

The DACA program has been operation for five years, and the benefits are clear. The participants invest in educating themselves, pay taxes, purchase vehicles, and homes, and contribute to learning institutions. The program is accomplishing their goals. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is supplying assistance, guidance, and information in the battle to save DACA with a permanent solution.

DACA is an abbreviation for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This is an American policy regarding the immigration of people who have entered the country while still minors. Some of these minors have entered, or remained in the United States illegally, and DACA helps them build their lives with the availability of a two-year program. The participants in the program are called Dreamers, and numbered 800,000 as of 2017. The Obama administration established the policy in June of 2012, and the Trump administration rescinded the policy in September of 2017.

The Frontera Fund was established by Michael Lacey, and Jim Larkins. The fund works with organizations to preserve, and fight for civil rights, and the rights of migrant workers.