My job inside the prison is to make sure everyone from officers, staff, visitors, and inmates, are all safe from harm. When you introduce drugs into any prison, all of these people are now in harm’s way. As a corrections officer, I have to keep the peace inside the jail while performing a number of other duties. That is why it is so important that me and my team utilize as many resources as possible to combat any threats to those inside the jail.
Each day we start out the same way, heading over to the visitor center to search every person that comes into the jail to see an inmate. We closely monitor all interactions between guests and inmates, then check the inmates before they are released back to their cells. During the day, we do several surprise cell inspections too, and recover a wide array of drugs from the inmates. One other thing we do is listen to the inmates on the phone, and today this is a valuable resource that makes this facility that much safer.
When Securus Technologies was installing the call monitoring system in our jail, little did we know how much we would come to rely on this company to help keep us safe. The LBS software does the work of a number of officers, which allows me to designate different officers to other issues rather than listening in on the calls. Once an inmate talks about something, the alert feature allows us to gather that information and take action.
We hear inmates on the phones talking about needing drugs to sell for gang leaders, who is bringing the drugs to the jail, and we even discovered a few hiding spots that we would never have considered had it not been for the Securus Technologies monitoring system.