Prison officials are the sections of people who face adverse job conditions in many cases as they are bound to receive the abuses of criminal gangs. As a keen observer of prison-related crimes, I have seen many cases of physical attacks towards the officials by the inmates, especially who are part of notorious criminal gangs. The fatal incident happened in the life of Robert Johnson is the most appropriate example that shows the extremity of such incidents. He was a correctional officer who worked at South Carolina-based jail called Lee Correctional Institution who was mainly assigned to confiscate contraband packages to the prison.
In 2010, he faced a deadly gun attack at his home by some intruders. The investigations showed that Johnson was attacked as he confiscated a contraband package that was deemed to a gang inside the prison just two weeks before the attack. The gang contacted their members outside the prison using contraband phones and asked them to attack Johnson. This showed the flaws of the prison system in blocking contraband phones. I can say that the incident also showcased the threats they create to the civil societies even while they are behind bars. Though Johnson received seven bullets in his body, he survived the battle and came back to life, quite painfully.
I have noticed that there were similar incidents in the past as well where either prison officials or their close relatives were targeted for strictly enforcing the prison protocols. All such attacks were carried out by contacting outside gang members through contraband phones. Once he got back to life, Johnson decided to fight against contraband phones. He campaigned throughout the country and pointed out the threats of uncontrolled use of mobile phones by inmates. Earlier this year, he even produced his validations in front of Federal Communications Commission to control those phones inside prisons.
Currently, Johnson is a paid consultant to the prison technology major, Securus Technologies. Interestingly, the incarceration solution provider has come up with a novel Wireless Containment System to manage and block unwanted calls efficiently. A spokesperson from Securus confirmed that the new system is working like installing a new network. The powerful system tracks all the phone calls, both incoming and outgoing, in the prison area and block calls from and to unknown/suspicious numbers. The firm confirmed that the system could restrict nearly 1.7 million unknown/suspicious calls in just eight prisons for a period of a year.