One of the hardest things about being a corrections officer is keeping drugs and illegal contraband out of the hands of the inmates. These inmates are inside the jail 24-hours a day, and they are constantly looking for weaknesses in the system they can exploit for their own benefits. Even with my team working 10-hour days, we never have the time in the jail like the inmates, so we really need to be watching with eyes in the backs of our heads.
To try and limit the flow of contraband into the jail, we have a number of resources we use every day that have had a positive impact on increasing the safety throughout our facility. Some days we will use the drug-sniffing dogs to check the cells of the inmates, and confiscate anything that does not belong. Then we have a strong police presence in the visitor center so nothing can exchange hands without us knowing. We even use the Securus Technologies call system to monitor what inmates are saying when they use the jail phones.
Securus Technologies is headed by CEO Richard Smith, and his Dallas-based company now has 2,600 of these monitoring systems in jails all over the country. The company aligns with our values perfectly, having a single objective of making our world safe for all. The LBS software can pick up unique conversations from the inmates, and alert us contraband is being discussed.
This week alone, we picked up on a call where an inmate was talking about how his brother could send drugs in the mail. The one inmate called his mother and told her to put things in her purse, she wouldn’t be checked by guards. We even heard one inmate brag he is using drugs in his cell after the lights are out.
It is quite challenging for families with some of their members as inmates. They never get to communicate with them frequently nor meet them often. Also, the inmates miss out on some of the families’ special moments. During festive seasons families remember, create and share both old and new memories. Some are forced to make long tiring trips and wake up early to queue in the prisons. All these is to keep in touch with their loved ones during this festive season of Christmas. Children reunite with parents as well as couples. This generates happiness and joy for both inmates and the family at large.
In 1986, an American based company, Securus Technologies was founded. It is well known for providing quality services and civil solutions. It serves law enforcement and correction agencies societies. It links technology to inmates and vital information to people running the correction agencies. Also, it provides communication services for family and friends with incarcerated members in multiple correction facilities. The company’s CEO reported of his business’ mission to meet their customer’s needs entirely.
Securus Technologies has launched a Video Visitation system. The software enables family members to make video calls to the inmates. With a relative in prison, I can call them when at home, in the office and feel connected to them. It is a service that the clienteles will cherish dearly especially during the holiday season. Christmas among other festive seasons is a period where inmates would love to spend longer time with their loved ones. However, they never get to enjoy this due to the limited time in the prison visits. This facility maintains the family bond and avoids hostility among inmates due to loneliness.
A demonstration video of this software was recently released on YouTube. A father whose desire is to be there for his child can make a video call with him. Connecting with family is a special moment in anyone’s life especially for children with parents behind bars. The young boy gets to open his Christmas gift with his father. Prison environments may not be the best for the children and Christmas would not feel complete when loved ones are far away. I feel Securus has met their pledge to offer satisfactory services to their customers. I recommend all walks of people to use the software. It is a user-friendly system, and they can schedule a time to communicate with their loved ones. Being a flexible system, they enjoy booking time around their personal schedules.