My job as a corrections officer is to keep the inmates as safe as possible while I conduct the rest of my duties in and around the prison. If we allow any contraband to get in the hands of the inmates, they make it a dangerous place for everyone. To slow down the flow of all those illegal items from getting into our jail, we use a number of preventative measures. While none of these measures is more valuable than the other, we feel by working them all we stand the best chance of keeping the jail safer.
One of the most productive things we do each day is to meet each visitor that comes into the jail and make sure they are not bringing anything inside that could be used by the inmates. It might come as a surprise to some that these crafty inmates can make weapons out of the most common of items ranging from a toothbrush to a pen. That is what makes it so hard for me and my team to keep the jail absolutely safe. One of the issues we deal with all the time is visitors who are really there just to see a loved one who bring something they think is innocent but do not realize how an inmate can turn it into something dangerous.
When Securus Technologies installed a new inmate call monitoring system in the jail, we discovered that we now had a new resource available that was going to allow us to find more contraband than ever before. Our team trusts this company, they are in thousands of jails around this country and the entire staff of 1,000 employees follow their CEO Richard Smith in believing they are making the world a safer place for everyone to live. We were going to allow that team to sit down with us and show us exactly what we could expect once we got familiar with the software.
So once me and the team were trained to use the LBS software, we could not wait to see the results of monitoring calls in a new manner. It wasn’t long before we uncovered chatter from an inmate who was talking about how he and his cellmate were using drugs after they were supposed to be in bed for the night. One call revealed how an inmate was acquiring and selling prescription drugs to other inmates. The most disturbing of those calls was about a visitor who was going to get pieces of a weapon to the inmate over a period of weeks so to not arouse suspicion. The inmate was intent on seriously hurting an officer, and the information could as well have saved his life.