When you talk about safety in the jail, you are not only talking about me and my fellow corrections officers, there are so many more people. Our job is to keep one another safe, but also each inmate, each contractor, every worker in the jail, as well as visitors to the facility. With so many people to keep safe, me and my team have to work tirelessly to ensure nothing gets inside the jail that could put anyone in harm’s way. The top of that list includes drugs and weapons of any kind.
To help keep our facility safe, we have a few routines we work through every day, sometimes more than once each day. Me and my fellow officers do surprise cell inspections around the clock, and we gather up any contraband that should not be in the possession of the inmates. We even have a huge presence in the visitor center because this is the place where things like weapons or drugs could exchange hands easily. Even with that effort, things still get into the hands of those inmates willing to take a risk.
When Securus Technologies installed a new inmate call monitoring system, we didn’t even realize at the time this was going to be perhaps the biggest and most effective resource in our efforts to make the jail safe. We were all trained to use the LBS software, and began to pick up on conversations right out of the gate. One morning we heard an inmate talking about needing his fix, and to bring it tomorrow, so we intercepted that family member easily. We hear chatter about where drugs are hiding in our jail, and sent teams to confiscate everything.
In only a few weeks, with the help of Securus Technologies, we’ve nearly stopped the flow of contraband from the outside to inmates.