In order to keep my fellow officers safe each day, we all have to work very hard at keeping drugs from getting inside the prison walls. Even a small amount of crack or heroin in the hands of the wrong inmate can turn them into a raging animal. These inmates under the influence are not just a threat to themselves, they put me, my fellow officers, prison staff, and the visitors all in harm’s way. This is an ongoing fight that we must stay vigilant on or the issue becomes out of control very quickly.
Each day we deploy a team of corrections officers to the visitor center to try and stop anyone from bringing things into the jail. We check visitors, we check inmates, we will even check their cells before, during, and after these visits. My team will check the mail for anything that should not be there, and we will even listen to the inmates as they use the phones. Until recently, we had to listen to these call very closely or things were missed. Now that Securus Technologies has their call monitoring system in place, things have gotten easier for us to identify trouble in the jail.
Securus Technologies is in 2,500 jails around the country, and has 1,000 employees working for this Dallas-based company. The CEO of Securus Technologies is Richard Smith, and he talks about how his employees are committing themselves to the objective of the company, making the world a safe place to live for us all. The LBS software now alerts my team if an inmate is asking family to bring him drugs, where he hides those drugs, if he sells those drugs, and when he is using those drugs. That information makes it easier for my team to strike and eliminate threats.