There is this really cool story that my prison guard friend told me about. Apparently, there is a telecommunications company called Securus. This company provides all the internet and telephone services at the facility a lot like Cox Communications might do at your house. But here is where it gets crazy.
Securus Technologies records all the telephone calls made at the prison. They record every single one of them and put them all into a digital database. And this is a huge task because there are over a million prisoners using this telephone service. I couldn’t imagine the terabytes of information that this company is collecting.
My buddy told me that Securus has invested over $600 million into new technologies to help prison guards and other law enforcement officers do their jobs. My buddy actually got to use one of the software innovations and it helped him stop a murder.
I guess they were narrowing in on some code language and they found out the phrase these prisoners were using for murder. So they went to this software and typed in the phrase. All phone calls that involved that particular phrase were flagged and my buddy listened to them all. He got to listen to a murder plot as it unfolded.
They stormed the prison and detained the guys involved. They put them all in solitary confinement and it saved a guy’s life. My buddy even said they planned to use the technology to catch people outside of the prison, too.
I guess criminals are pretty dumb. They call into the prison and discuss criminal activities with the inmates using a coded language. This software helps law enforcement decode the language really quickly. It’s really going to go a long way in stopping more crime on the inside and the outside of his prison.