The problem of prison gangs in the United States has plagued the country’s penal institutions since the late 19th century. Prison gangs have long posed a serious threat to the stability and safety of the prison system. With strict, paramilitary-like regimentation, the largest and most effective prison gangs in the U.S. today have the discipline, organization and intelligent leadership to pose the single greatest threat to the safe operation of the nation’s carceral institutions and the integrity of the criminal justice system.
Gangs rely on effective means of communications
In a nutshell, what makes today’s prison gangs, such as the Aryan Brotherhood and the Mexican Mafia, so effective and dangerous is that the gang itself operates in much the same way as an ant colony. Cut off one half of an ant colony from the other half and they will still communicate via pheromones, continuing to carry out the tasks that will lead towards the overall goals of the colony being met. In effect, the ant colony is not just a large number of individuals acting in concert, it is an organism in and of itself.
Likewise, prison gangs are far more dangerous than the sum of their individual parts. While a single violent criminal can be completely neutralized by locking him up behind thick walls and razor wire fences, the same cannot be said of gang leaders. Because they rule over a vast network of soldiers, many of whom are ex-convicts who currently live on the outside of prison, gang leaders can never be truly neutralized. There are always means, even under conditions of solitary confinement, that gang leaders can communicate orders to their subordinates within the gang’s power structure.
But this problem is especially acute where gang leaders have access to contraband cellular devices. Cell phones can make instant and unlimited communication with gang foot soldiers on the outside of prison a reality. In effect, this is equivalent to not having the gang leaders incarcerated at all. They are free to order whatever crimes they wish.
For this reason, curbing the number of illegal cell phones that are able to make their way into the U.S. prison system has long been a top goal of everyone working within the country’s prisons. Now, Securus Technologies, one of the nation’s leading providers of prison safety technologies, has devised a system that can all but eliminate the threat posed by contraband cellular devices.
Through its Wireless Containment System, Securus has devised a system that is able to deny all unauthorized calls within a prison’s property. The system can also aid officers in detecting any contraband cellular devices, leading to a nearly 100 percent confiscation rate of contraband cell phones within the prison.