My brother is currently behind bars. We don’t need to discuss what he did, but he was convicted of a nonviolent crime. Unfortunately, he was thrown into a jail with a lot of other violent offenders. It goes without saying that he does not feel very comfortable.
Some of the things you’ve heard about prison are true. There are little clicks or gangs that all keep to themselves. Occasionally these small groups will start fighting each other and even plan on murdering each other. But here’s the crazy thing — my brother can’t tell on any of these people or else he will become a rat. Rats are usually killed inside the prison.
Instead of telling the prison guards about a recent plan to attack and kill in inmates, he simply told me over the phone. He kept telling me that there was going to be violence and he used specific names and times. He asked me what he should do and I told him that he should keep his head down in order to stay safe.
That is when I turn to law enforcement and ask them to listen to that particular phone call. Securus is the telecommunications provider for that prison and they record every single phone call made. They quickly used their software that could look up the phone call so that law enforcement could review the information. I was later told that the information was used to prevent the attack.
My brother was so thankful that there was not any violence inside his prison. This technology from Securus really let him off the hook. He did not have to tell anybody about the planned violence but I was able to relay this information to law enforcement nonetheless. I will be forever grateful to Securus Technologies and their innovations.