January 17 2018

Securus Technologies Finds Solution for Ending Inmate Cell Phone Activity within Correctional Facilities

When Ronald Johnson was leaving for work on the morning of March 5, 2010, he was met with an armed gunman with a rifle pointed at him. It was an ordered “hit” from inmates at the Lee Correctional Institution where he was a Captain.

 

“I knew immediately…this was probably a hit,” Ronald later stated. He was able to quickly get to his bathroom which may have saved his life. With his wife still asleep in bed, Ronald was shot seven times with all bullets hitting him in the stomach and chest. “I saw that he raised the barrel of a gun towards me.” Ronald said. “And I don’t remember anything after [that]…” Doctors at the hospital told his wife that his chance for survival was very thin, but with prayer and her faith in God, she held onto hope with the hospital Chaplin close by.

 

When Ronald recounted the prior weeks at work, he recalled having to order the confiscation of a contraband package valued at $50,000 that was for a known gang member within Lee Correctional Institution.

 

Through investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), it was discovered that three inmates used a cell phone to contact Sean Echols, a prior inmate at the Lee Correctional Institution, with a plot to kill Ronald in retaliation for intercepting the package. Through cell phone records, the FBI determined the ex-convict was paid a large sum of money as a down payment to execute Ronald. Sean Echols later confessed to the crime of murder-for-hire and was convicted in federal court.

 

For seven years, Ronald has advocated for changes within the correctional facilities regarding inmates using cell phones. In March 2017, he spoke with the Federal Communications Commission about his incident and countless others. Ronald is now a consultant for Securus Technologies. The company is the largest provider for law enforcement and correctional facilities to handle inmate communications and correctional facility monitoring using technology solutions.

 

The cell phone usage involving an attempted murder of Ronald is only one of many incidents within the inmate population. In a shocking video that was posted on social media by 31-year old Jose Ariel Rivera, who was in the Evans Correctional Institution on a 10-year sentence, showed him wielding a knife. He used a cell phone to post the video.

 

Securus Technologies wants incidents like these to end. The company has invested $40 million to the Wireless Containment System (WCS). The system was designed to interject a signal through a network to filter any incoming and outgoing cell phone activity by prison inmates. To date, with the use of WCS, Securus Technologies has already been able to detect and prevent 1.7 million illegal attempts at cell phone communication within eight correctional facilities by prison inmates.

 

August 4 2017

Eric Pulier Shows How Technology Can Make the World a Better Place

Most people want to make the world a better place. Few can lay claim to much success on that front though. It’s why the accomplishments of those who do are worth examining more closely. There’s a lot to be learned from studying the lives of people like Eric Pulier. Individuals who haven’t just tried to help the world, but who’ve succeeded amazingly well time and time again.

One of the first things that most people notice about Eric Pulier is his technological knowhow. Pulier has been directly involved with more than fifteen successful companies within the tech sector. That level of success is obviously a rather impressive item to showcase someone’s talents. However, looking at Pulier’s life it’s easy to see that this success is simply part of the path to a greater goal.

Philanthropy and charity work have always been the central feature of Pulier’s life. It’s easy to see that his financial success and accomplishments within the tech sector have been in large part to help him help others. In fact, one of his first milestones in the tech sector came about through his efforts to help people suffering from multiple sclerosis. Eric Pulier created software that would help educate people suffering from the condition about what they could expect and what they might be able to do in order to have a fuller life. And of course it also helped to educate friends and family of people suffering from it as well to learn more: http://danielbudzinski.com/podcast/eric-pulier/ click here.

This interest in melding medical education with technology reached a high point with his Starbright World program. The software was designed around the experiences of children suffering from diabetes. Pulier knew how difficult it could be for children to understand all of the nutritional and biological information which goes along with the condition. It’s equally apparent just how dangerous it can be for kids suffering from diabetes who don’t understand just how severe the condition can be when left unmanaged. Pulier’s Starbright World software serves as a way for children to actually look at what’s going on in their own bodies as they learn about insulin and sugar.

It’s easy to see just how closely tied together compassion and technology are in Pulier’s life. The examples are only scratching the surface of the many ways he’s been able to help the world through technology. Looking at Pulier’s life shows that a drive to improve the world can also manifest in a successful career.