A Man’s Powerful Story and his Work against Contraband Phones in Inmates’ Hands

5:56 am on February 14, 2018

Robert Johnson has lived the past seven years with a simple mission, and that is to keep cell phone out of reach for inmates and prevent them from going online. His purpose is especially crucial as it poses a danger to the community when inmates go online and start live streaming. Such cases became too common last year as there was a boom in live streaming from within the prison cells around the summer months.


Securus Technologies released a wireless containment system to curb that spike. Robert Johnson is currently working at the corporation as a consultant. In the past, Robert Johnson was employed at the Lee Correctional Institute located in South Caroline. Robert Johnson had had 15 years of experience in the industry of corrections, and in 2010, his primary responsibility was to confiscate contraband from inmates.


The same year, Rober Johnson was attacked in his home by an inmate. The suspects were a prison gang who had lost a large package of contraband which was valued by them at 50 000 dollars. The hit happened around 6 in the morning when Johnson was preparing for work. He struggled but the man was large, and he shot him six times in different part of the chest and stomach, all delivered from less than six feet away. Robert Johnson had several surgeries dying twice on the operating table and coming back to it to live another day.


Later a man named Sean Echols was arrested and put in prison for attempted murder. Echols was a foremer convict who had received orders to kill Johnson for money. He was contacted through the contraband phone from within prison.


Now, Robert Johnson has as many as 23 surgeries behind his back and experiences severe pain on a daily basis due to the trauma. He has spent the past seven years trying to remove contraband cell phones from the hands of inmates. Those cell phones are used for more than just going online. Inmates call people on the outside to do their bidding, ordering hits. One of the most disturbing cases happened in Georgia. A baby was shot in the arms of his mother only because an inmate disliked the uncle of the bay.


Such bone-chilling cases happen often and will continue to happen as long as contraband phones reach the hands of inmates. Robert Johnson now works at Securus Technologies who have blocked more than 1.7 million unauthorized calls made by inmates.