The United States has cost U.S. taxpayers trillions of dollars in the lives of many soldiers, on both sides, in its wars throughout the Middle East. These highly controversial conflicts have added to the national debt, killed thousands of innocent people and greatly diminished the United States’ stature throughout the world.
However, there are been some good things in it come from the U.S. army involvement in the urban battlefield of Afghanistan and Iraq. One of these has been the technology known as Stingray, a system that is able to locate any cellular device within a given area. The system is also capable of spoofing cell towers, making individuals communicating on local cellular devices believe that they’re actually talking to the person they’ve called when in fact they’re only talking to the operator using the Stingray system.
This system was used to great effect on the urban battlefield of the Middle East, allowing for the United States army to gain a significant edge in its fight against terrorists. Now, one of the most innovative prison communication providers in the United States has adopted this technology for use in the nation’s carceral facilities. Securus Technologies has developed its own version of the Stingray system, which is capable of detecting any illicit cellular devices within a prison, eliminating one of the most potent ways in which prison gangs ply their illegal and dangerous trades.
Illegal cell phones are one of the most serious threats to institutional order. Gang leaders or shot callers use these devices in furtherance of criminal conspiracies, include smuggling contraband within the facility, ordering rival gang members to be beat up or even killed and even the perpetration of murders for hire on the outside of prison.
With Securus’ Stingray technology, these dangerous prison leaders are no longer able to easily communicate with the outside world.