Securus Technology is a communications company that serves correctional institutions, law enforcement agencies, and safety organizations. Their proprietary software provides sophisticated communications platforms between inmates and families, between various departments and organizations, and between institutions.
Securus serves over 2 million inmates in North America, with over 3,600 clients who house and supervise those inmates in some form or manner. Families appreciate the ability to communicate with their loved ones through the communications services that Securus provides.
The communications that run through the Securus services are not always on the up-and-up, however. In many cases, criminal and unsavory activities are the result of the convenience as well.
Securus has technology built into the system where activities that would result in criminal behavior can be eliminated before it gets too far. For example, recently a drug and alcohol ring was broken up before it barely got started. A prison employee and inmates were caught in the middle of plans to bring liquor and drugs into the prison population. The employee was caught due to the security systems in the prison phone lines and was terminated from his job and arrested.
The system is called Local Based Services, or LBS. It has the capability of tracking cell phone locations with no compromise. Most cell phone technology is based on GPS location finding, but the LBS system does not rely on GPS. GPA can be gotten around very easily by someone who knows what they are doing.
With LBS the location of the cell phone, as well as the person inside the prison as an inmate, are revealed, and the prison authorities can take it from there. In another situation, a shooting incident on the outside was solved when an inmate was talking to a sibling about how to fool the police by giving false information.