I could imagine that it is very frustrating interviewing a criminal. Of course, they have the Fifth Amendment protections afforded to them by the Bill of Rights. They can simply hide behind their own silence while you spin your wheels trying to prove they committed a crime even though you know they did it.
That’s why I think it is so cool what Securus Technologies is doing for the police officers in our communities. This company allows investigators to listen to criminal’s telephone calls.
Before you go getting upset at that statement, you need to understand exactly how they do it. They are not breaking the fourth amendment of the Constitution. All of these telephone calls are going into or out of a prison. Prisoners have forfeited their fourth amendment protections because of their convictions. Every single phone call that goes into a prison can be listened to by law enforcement officers without a warrant.
Securus Technologies allows law enforcement officers to listen to these phone calls. But the company goes even further. They record all of these telecommunications digitally. These recordings are then logged away for posterity. As you can imagine, there are hundreds of thousands of telephone calls every day made out of prisons inside the United States. This can create quite a massive database that would be nearly impossible to search if it were not for proprietary software developed by Securus Technologies.
Police can search all of these telephone records for particular words or phrases, or for one person’s vocal fingerprint. Everybody has a unique voice. The software understands the uniqueness of everyone’s voice and can match it to any recording inside the database. A police officer can simply go to Securus Technologies to ask for every phone recording involving a particular person in order to get information from that person whether they know it or not.