Securus Technologies Developing Advanced Wireless Containment System to Prevent Illegal Use of Cell Phones in Prison

It is no surprise that cell phones have been a book to the world. One can easily speak to anyone from one part of the world to another using them. Today, with advancement in technology, it has become possible to use them many more tasks which were not possible before. But, it is only when they are used responsibly that they make a positive difference to the world. Many times, they are used by criminals to carry out illegal activities that can be harmful to people. No one knows this better than Robert Johnson who was attacked by criminals in his home at the early hours of the day.

 

While working in the Florida prison, I was one of the close associates of Robert and have seen him carry out his duties without any fear. Even though the prison officials used to get threats from the gang members inside the prisons in case any of their illegal things like drugs or cell phones were confiscated, Robert was never the one to be afraid of them. There was a significant raid once where Robert managed to get about $50,000 worth of drugs from the hands of the gang members in prison. It led the members to be angry and to use the contraband phone they planned a hit on Robert. He was hit multiple times in his living room while his wife slept in the other room. He was rushed to the hospital, and it took him months to recover from the wounds.

 

Securus Technologies has been at the forefront of developing technology to help prevent the use of cell phones in prisons. While the early technologies being used were not able to distinguish between the calls made by the inmates and the officials, it became dangerous during prison riots. Securus Technologies have developed their newest wireless containment system that offers a more customized solution to the problem. It creates a secure network inside the prison and all calls made from inside the prison have to be made through this interface. It allows the prison officials and guards to locate the place from where the requests are made and to end the use of contraband phones inside the prison.

 

Robert Johnson has been working with Securus Technologies for many years as a freelancer and is playing a pivotal role in the installation of the system in prisons across the country. He wants to ensure that the inmates are not able to use these phones to keep on carrying out illegal activities even after being locked up.

 

 

Improving Access to Civil Liberties: Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

On the monthly edition of October in 2007, the Phoenix New Times, a publication under Village Voice Media is managed by its executives namely James Larkin and Michael Lacey. They exposed clear details regarding a grand-jury investigation. The flaunting of this grand-jury investigation had tackled the reputation of the Maricopa County sheriff, Joe Arpaio. The sheriff, who proclaimed himself as “America’s Toughest Sheriff”, had a fair share of infamous misdoings.

Arpaio together with his office has established a reputation for violating the civil rights of the people from their area in Arizona. Amongst the sheriff’s wrong doings include the extra-legal operations carried out by his office which exclusively aimed to destroy his foes in the political arena.

Another big splash of Arpaio’s controversial movements includes the arresting of both Larkin and Lacey on October 18, 2007.

Jim Larkin, a well-known man from Phoenix, Arizona, together with Michael Lacey spear headed the Phoenix New Times publication. Both of the newsmen’s publication was known to consistently flaunt the sheriff’s appalling deeds ever since the year 1992. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/

Together with the exposure of the grand-jury details, the consistent flaunting of the sheriff’s wrongdoings is what triggered Arpaio’s illegal detaining of both Larkin and Lacey. However, the uproar regarding the arrest was so strong and instant that both men were instantly released in less than 24 hours.

Maricopa County was made responsible to pay $3.75 million which served as a settlement to resolve the wrongful arrest of both Lacey and Larkin. Rather than to use the huge amount of cash for personal interests, both men used the settlement to establish a non-profit, the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund.

It is believed that the organization envisions itself as a support system of the non-profit groups that strongly advocate the rights of Hispanics and Latinos in the state of Arizona. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Michael Lacey | LinkedIn

Aside from the heavy burden of the settlement, the sheriff is believed to have faced his downfall during the year 2016. The sheriff, who has served for six terms, was not granted his seventh term for the voters in his area disagreed to give him another 4 years in office.

In addition, Arpaio was imprisoned for a criminal contempt of court from the Melendres suit, an unfortunate situation he had to undergo when he was constantly disregarding the Latinos of his jurisdiction.

Much to the people’s surprise, the tabloids then revealed that a pardon, which will spare the sheriff from a term in jail, was settled by President Donald Trump. To make things even more interesting, the sheriff and the president are known to be friends for quite some time.

Stephen Lemon, a writer from the Front Page Confidential, re-presents the controversial issue between Lacey & Larkin and Arpaio. According to the write up by Lemon, Jim Larkin explicitly said that Arpaio was an awful sheriff.

Moreover, Larkin mentioned that the sheriff was a ‘great fucking politician’ for he has rubbed elbows with the president which eventually gave him the favor of being granted with the pardon.

Enduring The Misdeeds of The Sheriff Made Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey Stronger

The world is only as good as we make it, our acts both good and bad often translate into the cumulative outcome. The more acts of goodness that we perform, the better the chances that the world will become a just place to live in for future generations.

These days, people from various walks of life are standing together to fight against injustice done against them and others. Such is the tale of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, two ordinary people who took on a mammoth task for others suffering due to injustice inflicted upon them.

A decade ago, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, two media representatives, created a cover story for Phoenix New Times publication, which exposed the true intentions of Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County.

This act of reporting factual news about misdeeds done by the sheriff not only against immigrants but also against anybody who stood up against him led to Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey being illegally harassed, arrested and detained by the sheriff.

The people in the entire nation stood up for Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey when their arrest made the headlines, and this directly resulted in the acquittal of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. All the charges were dropped as well, as these allegations were false and made without a probable cause that could stand up in the courtroom.

Soon after being let go, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey filed a case against the Maricopa County, which they won in the form of a settlement in 2013. The funds received by these two media executives was a total of $3.7 Million, which was directly used to fund the Frontera Foundation.

Along with the efforts of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, the Frontera foundation is geared to undo the injustice done by various people like the sheriff who ignored the first amendment and civil rights of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey.

The Frontera foundation was also created to assist the Hispanic community living in Arizona to get justice against acts including racial profiling, segregation, and discrimination.

Due to the seeds of evil that were sowed by Joe Arpaio over his lifetime, he reaped an outcome of a case being lodged against him. This case was known as Melendres v. Arpaio lawsuit, which directly resulted in him not being re-elected as the sheriff of Maricopa County for the next term.

While most people expected this man to come tumbling down as he was facing an extended prison sentence, the tides shifted in favour of Joe Arpaio which led to him getting a presidential pardon from President Donald Trump as they were old allies. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/

While the world was disheartened by this new development, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey continued their fight against people like Joe Arpaio through the Frontera foundation. In fact, they emerged from this disaster, as a force much stronger and dedicated than before.

Many other funds and organizations such as DACA have joined hands with Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, to ensure a brighter future for immigrants and others who need assistance in fighting for their human rights.