Robert Johnson’s Tragedy and How It Can Be Prevented By Securus Technologies

How many articles can you read today that show you some of the threats and dangers that cell phones pose to society? There’s probably not that many, as most of the articles you read are trying to sell cell phones and the companies paying for their bills are phone-production companies. However, one story that would stand out in the search for the threats of cell phones in facilities is the story from NBC 6 South Florida of Robert Johnson, the officer at the Lee Correctional Institution.


The Tragedy of Contraband


The tragic story about his life-threatening event had been told for over seven years already, but the horror of it still haunts Robert Johnson. It all started when he was working in the facility and confiscated some contraband. That package turned out to be worth about $50,000, and the confiscation undoubtedly caused a lot of distress and even grudge to those who owned it.


Weeks later, when he was at home getting ready for work, an intruder went inside his house and tried to assault him. When the intruder was trying to go head for Robert’s wife and kids, he distracted him and got him to attack him instead. This led to the intruder to shoot Robert in the chest several times. The next thing he knew, he was already in the hospital, coping with the damage, and talking to his doctor, who was trying his best to save his life. It was revealed that the shoot to kill order against Robert Johnson was made inside the prison with a cellphone.


Wireless Containment Solutions


Right now, Robert Johnson is okay, and the man who shot him, a former inmate, was now caught and put to justice. However, Robert Johnson is still dealing with the blow. He goes to the doctor regularly for follow up stitches and to make sure that his scars don’t escalate. He now works for Securus Technologies, and he’s implementing what is now called the Wireless Containment Solutions, which is a service from Securus that, according to Business Wire, disconnects calls that come from or go to the prison cells. I think this is such a useful tool to prevent the tragedy that Robert Johnson experienced. I believe this is a great achievement for Securus. I hope there’s more like in the pipeline.


Securus’ Wireless Containment Solutions


It’s evident and proven that Securus is right now a leading provider of various criminal justice tools that help investigate and weed out the wrongs of the set-up in prison systems. With its Wireless Containment Solutions, Securus is able to stop about 1.7 million illegal calls made across the eight U.S. Correctional. All of these calls could potentially harm the inmates and the officers, and it’s good to know that Securus has spent millions of dollars on innovating a solution.


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.