Any time an inmate can get their hands on drugs in jail, me and my fellow corrections officers lives are in serious jeopardy. These inmates are more powerful when under the influence, putting me, my officers, visitors, and all inmates in harm’s way. This year we were told Securus Technologies was updating our inmate call monitoring system, little did we realize at the time this was going to become one of the biggest resources we could use to keep drugs from getting into our prison.
Once the new system was up and running, we got hits that first week pertaining to drugs in the jail. Things were about to change thanks to the team at Securus Technologies, and my team was getting trained on their LBS software while the installation took place. Securus Technologies phone systems are installed in over 2,500 prisons around the country, and CEO Richard Smith says his team are all focused on achieving one objective, making the world a safer place for all of us.
There were calls alerting us to inmates who were meeting up with specific visitors who had drugs. We caught those visitors in the parking lot before they could get in the jail. We learned about how inmates were hiding the drugs in their cells, and dispatched a team to quickly recover the contraband and punish the inmates. Our intelligence even picked up on chatter from one inmate who was talking about selling prescription drugs in the yard to rival gangs.
It didn’t take long for my team to start putting a huge dent in the flow of drugs into our prison. Now that we have what equates to a whole team of officers listening to the calls the inmates are making, we can tighten up any loose ends elsewhere in the jail that were trouble in the past.