When my fellow officers show up for work inside the prison, we have to take certain precautions to make sure that we are safe that day. When we take the time to ensure our safety, that means we make the facility safe for everyone inside our location. This week we were told that we were going to be given a new resource that was going to help us to combat drugs inside the jail, and we could begin utilizing the tool immediately.
In the past, to combat problems with drugs inside the jail, we have had to start by doing cell inspections each day to find things the inmates already got their hands on. We have even found that they can get quite creative with the drugs, having them mailed instead of brought in to the visitor center. The visitor center is where the inmates are in contact with guests, so we have to do searches before and after those meetings.
Nothing could prepare us for when Securus Technologies was in the jail installing their call monitoring system. The company has 1,000 employees who are working hard to ensure the 2,600 systems in jails across the country operate perfectly. The CEO of Securus Technologies, Richard Smith, gives us his assurance that his team is working towards the objective of making this world safe for all of us.
Once the LBS software was up and running, me and my team wanted to see it in action. Instead of us sitting there listening to all the calls, the system monitors them all and identifies unique chatter and alerts officers. Within hours, we heard inmates talking about how to get drugs by us in the visitor center, how they use drugs in the cells at night, and who is selling drugs to build up cash to kick to the gang leaders in the jail.