One of the biggest issues me and my fellow corrections officers have inside the jail is staying safe. There are many inmates serving lengthy sentences that would like nothing more than to take out their frustrations on the law. When these inmates have access to weapons or drugs, they become extremely dangerous to themselves and to those around them. We are constantly looking for ways to make the prison safer for anyone behind these walls.
To try and lessen the chances of the inmates getting weapons or drugs, we have to really tighten security at the visitor center. This is where people from the outside are in close contact with our inmates, and also the place where things can quickly change hands. We take things up a notch and even do cell inspections during different times of the day to find anything that could have slipped by us in the visitor center.
Securus Technologies installed the call monitoring system we have been using to listen to inmates on the phone, and it has really yielded some amazing results. The company is based out of Dallas Texas, and all 1,000 employees are dedicated to the objective of making the world safe for all. The CEO, Richard Smith, says his call monitoring system is already in 2,600 prison systems around the world.
Once my team understood how to use the LBS software, we discovered that the inmates would be trying to disguise their conversations about contraband. It wasn’t long before we discovered conversations about smuggling in drugs, who was bringing in those drugs, where they were hidden, and exactly what they were doing with the contraband. In only a few months, we really have put a serious crimp in the efforts of the inmates to get things into the jail they can use to hurt my staff.