Extract from Yohai West’s article “How Digital Intelligence Is Helping Corrections Facilities Overcome Their Digital Data Challenges”
Contraband phones are causing huge challenges for corrections agency managers worldwide by providing inmates with the perfect tool to carry out illicit activities both inside and outside of prison facilities.
Detecting phones is tough, but effective countermeasures including more advanced scanning devices and the use of K-9’s to help sniff out hidden devices are all helping to curb the influx of illegal phones. Using the information found on confiscated phones is proving to be one of the most effective ways to crack down on criminal activities.
When managed properly as part of a broader Digital Intelligence strategy, confiscated phones can provide a wealth of information, allowing corrections personnel to see deep inside criminal operations to discover who the perpetrators are, who is being affected, and how widespread the network of illicit activities may be.