Securus Technologies joins the fight against illegal cell phones in nation’s prisons

Although many people who are unfamiliar with the dynamics of the U.S. prison system may not recognize it, the single most serious threat to the safety of the nation’s penal institutions and the integrity of the criminal justice system may be the existence of contraband cellular devices in many of the nation’s prisons. Today, as many as 98 percent of the country’s jails and prisons may be facing a serious crisis involving the use of contraband cellular phones to effectively circumvent all barriers meant to protect the public from the worst and most violent criminals. Without the ability to control what and how inmates communicate with the outside world, the effectiveness of prisons in protecting the public is sharply diminished.

 

Gangs don’t need physical freedom to be dangerous

 

Prior to the advent of modern technologies, especially cell phones, it was usually sufficient protection to the public to simply lock up the most violent criminals. Unfortunately, as both the prison system and technology have evolved, this is no longer the case.

 

In fact, the most violent criminals in America today are almost uniformly members of the main prison gangs. Members of the Mexican Mafia, the Aryan Brotherhood and the Black Guerrilla Family feature some of the most incredibly violent criminals the nation has ever had to contend with. What is most unfortunate about these gangs is that they often have many members, up to half their total membership, currently residing on the outside of prison.

 

Many of these gangs are able to swell their ranks by recruiting members who are on shorter stays of incarceration. This not only serves to beef up their membership numbers, it also gives the gangs a large contingent of operative who are willing and able to do the gang’s bidding on the outside of prison. This means that the only thing that is often standing in the way of major prison gangs and their criminal goals is an effective and quick means of communications. This is the role that, all too often, contraband cellular devices end up playing.

 

There are many cases of gangs using contraband cell phones to carry out everything from witness intimidation in major drug cases all the way up to murder of corrections officers. But if it were possible to eliminate the easy access to contraband cell phones, then it would be possible to severely cripple the ability of these gangs to effectively operate.

 

Now, Securus Technologies has created as system that is capable of doing just that. Throughout its Wireless Containment System, Securus has developed a means to prevent 100 percent of all unauthorized cell phone calls from ever connecting to the local tower. This system is making prisons safer and saving lives.

 

End Citizens United Adamant to Defend Johnson Amendment

Since the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling of 2010that recognized corporations and unions as individuals, the American political landscape has gone through a lot of changes.More money has found its way into American politics than ever before. Various Super PACs have benefited from this money and are now using it to repeal the 1954Johnson Amendment and allow religious money in politics.

President Trump’s government is determined to change this law though a tax bill. Conservatives are afraid that such a move will give room for secret groups to use churches to finance politics. Churches have strong financial muscles as the 2015 figures show that they received about $119 billion. This is a significant amount considering that America’s most expensive election cost approximately $6.5 billion. A change in the Johnson Amendment will give the wealthy more influence in politics.

Despite the critical role that this law plays in ensuring level playing field for all politicians, few people are aware of it. The American Constitution provides for a separation between the government and religion. A 2017 study by Pew Research Center showed that only 66 of Americans feel “uncomfortable” when politics is involved in faith. However, this can be blamed on lack of information on the importance of separating the two powers.

Role of End Citizens United in Saving Johnson Amendment

End Citizens United is a group that was formedto support candidates promising to overturn the 2010 Supreme Court Ruling that allowed corporations and unions to finance political parties and their candidates. Currently, the group is very determined to save the Johnson Amendment by working with other groups that don’t support achange to thisvital law. A repeal of this bill would allow big spending in campaigns and thereby affect the fairness of the American political system.

Origin of Johnson Amendment

During the American Senate elections of 1954, various religious groups targeted Texas Democratic candidate Lyndon Baines Johnson and labeled him a communist. John was angered by the use of money from tax-exempt not-for-profit organizations in politics. Johnson Act became law in 1954 and prohibits these groups from using their money to support or oppose candidates during elections.

About End Citizens United

ECU is an American political action committee (PAC) working towards the overturning the 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United V. Federal Election Commissioncase.The organization provides financial support to candidates who promise to support their call to reverse this decision.

On October 25, 2017, ECU produced a list of ten Democratic Party candidates vying against the incumbents. This will allow them to rid of the Congress big-money-backed politicians. The group is planning to raise $35 million for the next year’s election cycle.

ECU is present in social media where it communicates with its supporters on various issues taking place in the country. They are present on Twitter and Facebook. Their fans get an opportunity to interact with them too. Learn more:http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/end-citizens-united-pac-wants-make-its-name-reality

 

 

Groups Advocating for Civil, Human and Migrant Rights

Several migrants face mistreatment in their destination countries. To protect them, several organizations have been established to defend and advocate for their rights. Some of these organizations include:

Women in Migration Network (WIMN)

WIMN was formerly known as Women and Global Migration Working Group. The organization was established in April 2009 during a pre-meeting at Associations for Women’s Rights in Development.

WIMN involves regional, national and global groups of women’s organizations, faith-based groups, human rights, migrants and trade unionists. The organization works towards advocating for migrant women’s human rights at workplace, home and in the society.

Its campaigns include helping migrant women get recognized in international policy-making arenas, fighting discrimination at work place, end of arbitrary detention, deportation and criminalization of migrants, end gender-based violence and discrimination, full access to equal opportunities for everybody and several others.

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR)

NNIRR was established in 1986 to defend and expand the rights of refugees and immigrants regardless of their migration status.

The organization focuses on providing justice, equality and enfranchisement to all immigrants and refugees in the United States through advocating for human, civil, environmental and labor rights.

NNIRR is headquartered in Oakland CA. Among the organization’s achievements include pressing for fair and just migration of reform policies and practices, creating several organizations that help identify and address violation and abuses, educate and empower immigrants as well as publish reports to educate the community.

Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights under Law

This is a non-profit and a non-partisan organization that bases its efforts in advocating for civil rights meant to eliminate racial discrimination. This organization was established in 1963 requested by John F. Kennedy, former President of USA.

Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights under Law’s major aim is to fight elements that promote economic disparity and racial discrimination so as to ensure that minority groups access equal opportunities. The organization also help African Americans obtain justice for racial discrimination acts through representation. Its headquarters is in Washington, D.C.

Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund

This group was co-founded by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey to advocate for freedom of speech as well as sponsor groups that advocate for migrants’ human rights. Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund was established following their arrest in 2007 after writing an article about a Sherriff.

The articled was revealing the existence of grand jury proceedings permitting the Sheriff to seek reporters’ notes.

Larkin and Lacey, who are also the co-founders of Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times, took a legal action and ended up winning the case. They were awarded $3.75 million settlement which they used to run the operations of the organization.

Among the organizations funded by Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund include Arizona Justice Project, American Immigration Council, The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project among many others.

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