How One Former Corrections Officer Is Making Policy Changes Nationwide

Twenty-three surgeries and daily pain are the reality of life for former corrections officer Robert Johnson. He used to serve the State of South Carolina by being a correctional officer at the Lee Correctional Facility. As part of his routine job duties, he would take away contraband materials from inmates. In doing so, he angered more than a few of them. Still, he persisted because he knew that the work he was doing helped to save lives.

 

Unfortunately for Robert Johnson, the work that he did also put his life in jeopardy. This was readily apparent when someone broke into his home and shot him repeatedly. This was allegedly over a dispute about a package that Johnson had confiscated in the prison. He took it because it had contraband material in it. However, a prison gang believed that the material was worth approximately $50,000 to them. They wanted their revenge. So, they used an illegal cell phone and GreenDot card loaded with money to place phone calls to those on the outside who could take out their revenge for them.

 

Johnson had to fend off the intruder and keep that person away from his wife and children all while taking multiple gunshot wounds himself. The world is very lucky to have him around still because he can tell the story of what happened to him that day.

 

Today, he regularly testifies before politicians about the importance of laws that are put in place to help keep cell phones and other materials out of the hands of inmates. He advocates for the use of new technologies, such as those developed by Securus Technologies in the prisons. He also appeals to them to consider cases like his own while they weigh decisions that have to be made in this arena.

 

For their part, Securus continues to put out the very best communication device blocking technologies on the market. They constantly review existing and proposed communications laws as they relate to prisons. Also, they look for ways to work with legislators to help create new laws and regulations that can better serve the public and those who work in the prisons. They do all of this while still streamlining the best technologies that they have yet to produce. Put it all together and you have a company that is blazing trails for others in this arena.

 

It is really amazing to see the team at Securus work to make our communities a safer place. We all owe them an enormous debt of gratitude. They are helping to make sure that there are no more Robert Johnson style stories in our world in the years to come. It is brave, and it is something that we all need.

 

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