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.