This may come as a shock to you, but convicted criminals are the population most likely to commit crimes. I know. It’s a revelation. But that simple statement has far reaching impact. Just think about it — prisons are a collection of criminals. In a way, we do criminals a favor by housing them together. They are with a bunch of like-minded people. They are able to plan future crimes together, and they can even perpetrate more crime within a prison.
Prisons contain a particular type of economy. Contraband is high on the list of desirable and tradeable items. Contraband ranges from alcohol, drugs, weapons and food items. No matter how vigilant law enforcement stays, contraband always seems to enter a prison. And contraband can literally lead to death in some cases.
It is paramount that we prevent crimes originating in prisons. These could be crimes that are planned while the criminals are serving their time, or it could be crimes taking place in the prison itself. After all, prison guards need protection, too.
That’s why I am so excited to read about Securus. Prisons need telecommunications services. Securus is a telecommunications company that only services prisons and jails. They get these government contracts to take over whole prisons. Every electronic communication into and out of that contracts prison is provided by Securus.
The company records everything. They record video chats and phone calls. All of this recorded information piles up into a massive digital database. But how do you search the database for information about crime? Easy, you use Securus’s own software that can search the database for a particular voice.
If law enforcement is suspicious about a particular person, they can turn to Securus for every electronic communication that person has ever made. That’s how you get ahead of crime.