I work as a corrections officer in our state prison, and one of my biggest duties as an officer is getting drugs out of the jail before they get into the hands of the inmates. There are only a few ways drugs can get into the jail, so my team works very hard being in position to identify trouble and stamp it out quickly. Drugs in the hands of the inmates could make a bad situation deadly, so we make use of a few very effective resources to stop the flow of those drugs even getting to our inmates.
In addition to all the resources we have to identify any drugs in the jail, we just got word about Securus Technologies updating the inmate call monitoring system in our jail. Now the LBS software will be able to do the work of several officers and identify things we may have missed in the past. Securus Technologies CEO Rick Smith, has 1,000 dedicated employees in his Dallas-based company who are serious bout making the world safe for everyone. To get a better understanding as to the popularity of these systems, at the moment this company has installed the same system in 2,600 jails around the country. My team didn’t realize how instrumental this monitoring system was going to be.
Although we still had a strong police presence at the inmate visitor center, we started to focus our efforts on the new call system. It wasn’t long after we heard some chatter from one inmate talking about how his brother was to slip him something hidden inside a very inconspicuous item. We also discovered one inmate talking about how he was able to keep drug paraphernalia in his cell without our dogs being able to locate it. We even heard inmates talking to families about buying drugs and smuggling them in. In one of the more surprising calls, and inmate was instructing a family member how to liquefy drugs and coat paper with them. We later discovered the letters he was receiving were in fact eaten and allowed him to get high in his cell.
Securus Technologies has basically given us a crystal ball that we can use to see things transpiring before they take place. When it comes to protecting my fellow officers, using the new call system has had like a ripple effect throughout. Not only did we feel safer, but visitors are no longer at risk to inmates violent outburst as well as other inmates having an advantage physically over each other. Each instance we had a team waiting to intercept before anything got into the hands of the inmates, and you can definitely see the difference these days.