Drugs inside the jail are just a dangerous mix for anyone who has to spend time behind the prison walls. Not only are me and my fellow corrections officers in danger when we have to confront an inmate who is high, so are other inmates, prison staff, visitors, and those contractors working inside these walls. To keep drugs out of the jail, we have to work hard at being able to identify any weaknesses in our system.
Our quest to stop the drugs from getting into the jail begins with me and my fellow officers searching every guest and inmate that meets in the visitor center. This is the one time these two are in close quarters, so stopping the flow here does help. Next, we check inmate cells throughout the day for anything that should not be in there. Even with these efforts, the inmates still have been able to score drugs when they want.
When Securus Technologies installed out call monitoring system, things began to finally take a turn for the better for everyone looking to increase safety inside this jail. Securus Technologies is run by CEO Richard Smith, and has well over two thousand of these systems in jails around the country. The entire Dallas-based staff are committed to making this world safe, and it really does show in how they helped us learn to use the LBS software.
Once we are ready to run the software, it instantly picks up on chatter from the inmates on a number of subjects. We have heard inmates talking about selling drugs to other inmates. One time we heard an inmate ask his mother to bring him all of her prescription drugs an tell the insurance company she was robbed. Each time we get an alert we take the appropriate action to clean up the jail.