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Securus Technologies: Attempting To Keep Inmates Safe


Former prison corrections officer, Robert Johnson, now works for Securus Technologies as a paid consultant. Securus Technologies intercepts,and sometimes blocks, cell phone calls between prisons and the outside world.


Robert Johnson knows first hand the importance of Securus Technologies service for prisons across the nation. Robert Johnson was a victim of a crime committed within the prison system.


Seven years prior, Robert Johnson was at home with his wife getting ready for work, when he heard a loud bang on his front door. He realized his front door had been kicked open, and this was more than likely a hit.


Two weeks prior, Robert had intercepted some contraband intended to go into the hands of a major prison gang. Robert, with 15 years experience working in the prison system, was very good at detecting contraband. Confiscating contraband entering Lee Correctional Facility was Robert Johnson’s main responsibility at the time of the incident. The contraband he confiscated was worth about $50,000 to the prison gang.


The intruder entered, and Robert called e intruder into the hallway in an effort to protect this wife who was still asleep in the bedroom. Job son and the intruder had a brief struggle, but Johnson was pushed and he stumbled backwards. The only thing Robert remembers is seeing a gun pointed at him, then waking up on his bathroom floor. He had been shot six times in the stomach and chest area.


Robert Johnson died twice during his life saving surgery, but he just was not ready to give up on life. Doctors say it is a miracle he is alive.


The intruder, Sean Echols, had been recently released from prison, and was found guilty of attempting to kill Robert Johnson. Sean Echols was sought out and contracted through prison contraband that included a prison cell phone and a green dot reloadable card. This is why Robert Johnson stands behind what Securus Technologies does because of what he has gone through, and what he has seen.


Robert Johnson also recalls during his years of working for the correctional institute a 9 month old baby was murdered by a contracted killer because someone in prison didn’t like something the baby’s uncle did.


Securus Technologies has blocked over 1.7 million inmate cell phone calls over the years, and they do this through a phone network they built in order to keep these institutes as safe as possible and to prevent incidents such as these.


Securus Technologies only blocks unknown phone numbers, and allows phone calls from known phone numbers to go through as well as calls to 911.


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