Learning first hand from his own personal experience, Robert Johnson knows how important it is to keep cell phones away from inmates in prison. In 2010, Robert was working for the corrections department when he stopped a package from being delivered. This package would be the start to a difficult life for Robert. After stopping the package from being handed over to a well established prison gang, two weeks following the day when he stopped the package from being delivered, someone kicked in his door to his home and attempted to kill him.
Trying to protect his family from harm, Robert took to stepping away from the room where his wife was asleep at. In the attempt to stop the gunman, Robert was shot 6 times at a close range. In the 15 years that Robert had been working for the prison systems and stopping many packages of contraband making its way into the inmates hands, he had crossed the wrong person.
The package that was supposed to be given to the affiliated gang member had a value of more than $50,000 dollars.
After being shot 6 times in the chest and stomach, Robert was taken to the hospital and his family and friends were told that he would not make it and that they should make arrangements in the case that he doesn’t pull through. A chaplain spoke to Robert’s wife and prepared her for when he passed. While in the operating room, Robert died twice on the operating table and fought his way back.
An inmate who had been recently released was later tried and convicted on the attempted murder charge. The prison gang had made contact with the released inmate and was paid $6000 on a prepaid debit card to kill Robert.
Johnson is not the only person who has been shot for crossing an inmate. An order was taken on a baby who was only 9 months old, being held by his mother in Georgia. The inmates had arranged for the baby to be shot because the uncle to the child did something that the inmates did not approve of. Through contraband phones inside of the prison, they were able to arrange the hit.
Since being shot and finding out about the nine month old baby, Robert has helped Securus Technologies to put an end to cell phones inside of prisons. Through Securus Technologies, technology has found a way to keep cell phones inside of prisons to be recorded when accessing the mobile network in a prison. The phone will register with the number that it is calling from and the number it is calling. From there, they are able to shut the phone down or allow the calls to go through. Once they know the number and can distinguish what the inmate is calling for, they can choose to drop the call.