How do you prevent crime when you get a bunch of criminals together? Just think about that question. It is something that law enforcement officers continually ask themselves because prisons are essentially a collection of the area’s criminals. When you think about prisons that way, you won’t be so surprised to learn there is an abundance of crime within prisons.
The easiest example of crime in a prison is contraband. Prison is something that is supposed to be uncomfortable to serve as a deterrent. That means all luxuries of life are removed and you are left with the bare essentials. Luxuries and vice items, such as cigarettes, alcohol and drugs, are strictly prohibited from jails. But the prohibition of these items does not stop them from getting in.
Then there are more nefarious crimes. Prisoners will often construct makeshift weapons in order to perpetrate violence on other criminals. This can also put a prison guard’s life in danger. Unfortunately, preventing these crimes remains a difficult task. It turns out that prisoners are highly unlikely to tell on each other. It is a thieves code of honor that is rarely broken.
There is a telecommunications company that is helping to prevent crimes within prisons before they happen. Securus is a company that provides prisons with telephone and internet services. As the call provider, they record all calls into and out of a prison. These calls are stored in a giant digital database.
Securus then provides software that is capable of combing that entire database for one person’s voice. All the calls that person was involved with pop up for law enforcement to review. This can provide valuable information about crime taking place inside of a prison. In many cases, it can lead to crime prevention in a very difficult criminal environment.