Securus Technologies, based in Dallas, Texas, is a provider of communications services for correctional institutions, safety organizations, and law enforcement and police establishments. The primary purpose is to provide a platform for inmates and their families to communicate with each other and stay in touch.
There are instances, however, when the communications are used for things other than just chit-chat among family members. Criminals are criminals, and if they have the chance, they like to practice their trade whether they are inside or outside of the penitentiary.
Securus has developed a technology called LBS technology, or Securus Location Based Services. This works by apprising the approximate location of a cell phone which can help to track down calls that are coming into or going out of an institution. It does not depend on GPS tracking which can be blocked easily. The technology shows the cell phone location as well as the location that the call is originating from or going to. In this way, the location that inmates are calling from or receiving calls as well as where an incoming call is coming from is recorded.
Recently an accolade came into the Securus home office from a facility where one of the employees of the prison was helping to bring in drugs and alcohol to the inside of the prison. The technology helped to provide evidence that led to his arrest and incarceration.
In another instance, a conversation was recorded between an inmate and a younger sibling located outside of the prison facility. The prisoner was advising the younger sibling, who had never been in trouble before how to speak to the police about a recent shooting. Due to this conversation, enough evidence was gathered to solve an important outstanding criminal case.
Thanks to Securus, many crimes are prevented and solved, and law enforcement and correctional facilities can keep their facilities and jurisdictions much safer than they would have been before.