As part of an elite fugitive hunting task force, I am always looking for any resources to help me locate and arrest wanted fugitives. Each hour these suspects are on the street puts the entire community in harm’s way. We had our hands full this month with a very dangerous fugitive who was a master of escaping the jails he was sent to. This month the simply overtook a guard in the laundry room and walked out the jail with the rest of the officers. His violent and unpredictable nature meant that he could use deadly force if his freedom was threatened.
Since the suspect only had a few hours head-start, we knew he could only be so far. The perimeter was secure for all roads leading out of the city, and we began to tighten the noose slowly until we got our leads. One of the things I have learned in two decades of law enforcement is that the first three days these fugitives will go into hiding until the heat dies down, and then they will make mistakes. Either the fugitive feels comfortable, they are hungry, or tired of looking over their shoulders, they do something that tips off the authorities. Three days passed and nothing, so it was time to step up these efforts.
Securus Technologies was recently installing an inmate call monitoring system in the local jail, so we decided to take a closer look and listen. The calls that were monitored turned out to reveal some key pieces of information about our suspect. Our team staked out the residence for days thinking this might be a false lead, when out of nowhere we see the fugitive walking down the street and into the house. When he emerged to get some drinks and smokes, he was picked up without incident and brought back to be reunited with his family in jail.
The crime prevention technological solutions that Securus Technologies is providing has significantly improved the safety situation in our prisons by availing a platform through which everything taking place in a facility can be monitored. We are happy about the vision your organization has for enhancing public safety, helping to make the surrounding in which we work secure, and preventing the proliferation of crimes involving inmate-on-inmate. In one correctional institution where I am attached, but which I dare not mention for reasons of protection of the innocent, we were able to monitor calls. The calls we intercepted revealed that drug cartels thrive in jails, and they sell the stuff to prisoners with impunity.
The management also became aware that some of the inmates have access to cellular devices which they use for carrying out money trade. After we had done a search, I discovered a network that diehard criminals employ for extortion, threatening others, and colluding with civilians to sell commissary items at discounts. Notably, we found a link to a previous incident in which there were gunshots by listening to calls between inmates. The conversation between a mother and two brothers will form a sound basis of evidence against the prisoners suspected of involvement in the shootings.
I would, therefore, like to take this opportunity to praise Securus Technologies for the leading role the organization is playing in assisting the investigation, prevention, and solving of crimes. Of particular importance to us is the covert feature embedded in your devices that alert us when something nasty is about to happen. By using it, we can haul suspect into custody even when investigations are in progress. This is quite commendable, and I urge you to keep the good work up.
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.