Each day I come to work in this prison, I know that I am a target because the inmates are looking for any opportunity to take out their frustration on authority. The fact that the inmates outnumber staff makes things a dangerous mix, but add into that mix drugs and weapons, and you go from dangerous to deadly in a second. That is why we have to spend so much time working on eliminating contraband from our jail.
The first thing that we do is set up a force of officers inside the visitor center each day, looking closely at how the inmates and visitors interact. We have to do full body searches and x-ray scans because everything is a potential weapon in the hands of an inmate. We even take the police dogs into empty cells during the day and see if we can locate anything that should not be inside the inmate cells.
When we were told Securus Technologies was installing an inmate call monitoring system, we didn’t realize this was going to be another tool we could use to control the flow of these items into our prison. Securus Technologies is headed by their CEO Richard Smith, who says that he and his entire staff are committed to the objective of making the world safe. Little did we know how much safer this one resource would actually make our own little world.
Hours after learning how the LBS software works, we began to pick up on conversations from inmates about where they hide their drugs. Then we got alerts some inmates were asking if family could bring drugs, or how they are buying drugs from other inmates. Each call helps us identify a problem that we can now fix quickly so the entire prison is that much safer.