Securus Technologies really saved me the other day. My son was incarcerated for a white-collar crime and he is in way over his head. He is not a violent person and I argued really hard that he should be sent to a minimum-security prison. Instead, they sent him across the state to a normal prison.
There are all sorts of gangs inside of the prison and he had to choose which one he belonged to. The gang he chose is getting him into all sorts of trouble. They even started to talk about murdering another inmate. My son was absolutely terrified but he couldn’t tell anyone.
My son and I talk on the phone often. We got lucky because his prison is serviced by Securus Technologies. They are a good company. They charge reasonable rates and their services are incredibly easy to use. I also really like their JPay system. It makes keeping track of your account really easy, too.
He couldn’t tell anyone about his gang’s plan because he’d become a snitch. “Snitches get stitches,” as they say in prison. If he became a snitch, he’d be the target of physical violence himself. And here’s the crazy part — he’d be a target by his own gang and rival gangs.
He would call me all the time with this nervous dilemma. He started to tell me about this coded language that his little gang uses to talk about crime so that prison guards don’t catch on. I went to the prison guards with some of this coded language.
They put it into this software system that scanned all phone calls for the phrase. They pulled up all these recorded phone calls with his gang members planning a murder. The guards were able to stop the violence and my son avoided being a snitch.