One of the most serious threats that any carceral institution faces in the United States is the use by inmates of illicit cellular devices. These devices are often smuggled into the facility undetected by staff, where they are used by gang leaders, known as shot callers, to help communicate with outside associates and conduct business both inside and outside of the prison’s walls. Because these devices have been used for serious crimes, including ordering murders of citizens on the outside, they are viewed by prison staff as one of the most potent sources of instability that could be introduced into the facility.
Until recently, it was virtually impossible to effectively detect these devices once they had entered into the prison. Because there are so many ways for small cellular devices to be introduced illegally into the facility, it was an extremely difficult task to control the flow of illegal cellular devices and to interdict the conversations that illicitly take place on them. But now, Securus Technologies has devised a way for prison staff to successfully detect and seize these dangerous devices.
Through the use of technology developed on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, known as Stingray, Securus is allowing prison staff the ability to detect any cellular devices that are present on the property. Additionally, the system can interdict calls coming from any cellular device within its range. It can then be used in listening mode, in order to surreptitiously listen in on the conversation taking place. It can even be used spoof the recipients’ cellular phone, allowing prison staff to impersonate the individual that the person using the illicit phone is attempting to contact.
Through high-tech solutions like these, Securus Technologies is helping prisons throughout the United States achieve a level of safety that was never before possible.
As one may imagine, the “Corpse Flower” is named for the odor of rotting flesh this endangered flower is known for producing. The chance to view and smell the blooming of the “Corpse Flower” is now available to a large number of different people who are expected to visit the Administrative Building of Orange Coast College in the coming weeks to view the blooming Amorphophallus Titanum, often referred to as the “Corpse Flower” known as “Little Dougie”.
The college has a history of success in encouraging the blooming of a “Corpse Flower”, which generally bloom for the first time after around one decade before flowering every three to five years of life. Orange Coast College now pollinates its specimens of the Amorphophallus Titanum by hand, but has managed to retain the foul smell of rotting flesh the flower has become known for usually caused by the pollination of the flower in the wild by beetles.
The “Corpse Flower” can become large enough to top 200 pounds, “Little Dougie” stands at around five feet in height and weighs 30 pounds; the “Corpse Flower” is best known for the smell of rotting flesh, which is accompanied by a stunning display of magenta petals opening around the fleshy central spike of the plant that makes this one of the most intriguing flowers to see live. Orange Coast College has already announced visiting hours will be extended beyond the usual 6 p.m. closing time to 10 p.m. in a bid to allow as many visitors to view the flower in its longest blooming period of early evening.
Orange Coast College has been in operation since 1947 when the voters of Orange County gave their support to turning a portion of a former Army Base in Orange County into a two-year trades based college. Since opening, Orange Coast College has become one of the top rated institutions for successful transfers to four-year college rating the third best in California.
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