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Facebook Live Shows The Dangers Of Inmates With Technology

Bennettsville, South Carolina holds a prison by the name of Evans Correctional institution. That prison became a little more infamous last August when an inmate took a video of himself that he posted on Facebook Live for all to see. In the video, the inmate was brandishing a knife and looking very threatening. Not surprisingly, this got a lot of people up in arms. They wanted to know how something like this was even possible. It led to renewed attention to companies such as Securus Technologies and stories like that of ex-correctional officer Robert Johnson.

 

Securus Technologies is a security company that provides communications blocking technology to hundreds of prisons around the country. As a matter of fact, their products impact more than one million inmates in the country. They also produce items that make it possible for inmates to contact their loved ones, but only in a secure way. Their line of work is something that most of us take for granted, but it is something that provides us with security that we may not have even realized that we needed.

 

Robert Johnson is one person that you do not have to convince of the benefits of keeping cell phones out of the hands of inmates. He knows about the dangers of this from experiences in his own life. He used to be a correctional officer in a different prison in the state of South Carolina. In his time there, he saw numerous packages that tried to make their way through the doors. It was his job to make sure that items that were not supposed to get through did not. He did this once with a package that was clearly very valuable to whoever was supposed to receive it in the prison. In fact, it was so valuable that a prison gang called someone on the outside to kill Johnson.

 

The attempt was made, and Johnson was shot in his home by an intruder multiple times. However, he managed to pull through and survive the ordeal. It was a miracle that it worked out this way, but it just went to show that inmates with cell phones is a very dangerous combination.

 

Since that time, Robert Johnson has worked very hard alongside Securus Technologies to try to make sure that nothing like this ever happens to anyone ever again. He wants to see their technologies deployed in more prisons than they already are. He also wants to see pressure put on lawmakers to do the right thing and strengthen regulations on cell phones getting into the prisons. It is possible to make those changes, but only with the cooperation of everyone involved. Johnson is hopeful that stories like his help to shine a spotlight on the need for these types of changes.

Barbara Stokes Makes a Difference in the Huntsville Community and Beyond

CEO Barbara Stokes and COO Scott Stokes are the owners of Green Structure Homes of Alabama, LLC (GSH). The company is based in Huntsville and is a Disaster Relief Construction Contractor. Recently, the organization announced that it would create new employment opportunities in eight U.S. states. The jobs are in the manufacturing field and will be located in several Alabama communities, as well as Minnesota, Florida, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Texas, North Carolina and Virginia. This is in support of a recent $28.5 million contract awarded by FEMA to GSH. Green Structure Homes of Alabama builds modular residences to support relief initiatives after Hurricane Harvey.

Barbara Stokes shares that GSH is very excite to participate in the rebuilding of communities. She also asserts that the work of GSH helps to support local companies and advance the process of job growth in the areas affected by natural disasters. Scott Stokes added that GSH will provide quality homes that are both safe and stylish to families that need this type of assistance the most. Read more about Barbara Stokes at The Cullman Times.

GSH was founded in 2008 by the Stokes, and provides a variety of solutions to both private sector and government consumers. Modern design, architecture, engineering and manufacturing that is state-of-the-art is what GSH is known for, and the company has proven to be a leader in its industry. Barbara and Scott Stokes and their senior management team have more than three decades of experience when it comes to disaster relief, and are using this expertise to help those in need.

Barbara Stokes is a 2001 graduate of Mercer University, where she studies Physics and Biomedical Engineering. While in school, Stokes studied Manufacturing and Management as well, along with Structures and Properties of Materials, Thermodynamics and Technical Communication. Her studies qualified and prepared her to do effective and insightful work with GSH. Read this article at businessinsider.com.

Before GSH, Barbara Stokes had significant leadership experience at Boeing and Pisces Corporation. She is also experienced in government contracting and leads GSH with pride and focus while helping to support the relief missions of the U.S. government and FEMA.

Barbara Stokes also actively volunteers in the Huntsville community, and has three children.

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