Me and my team of corrections officers rely on each other to not only keep us safe, but to protect every inmate, staff member, and visitor in our prison. Being in such close quarters with inmates who severely outnumber us, if we let down our guard for even a few seconds, we could be put in a very dangerous situation. Not only do most of the inmates have it out for authority, add into the mix weapons and drugs, and you make a dangerous situation deadly.
Each day we are working hard to maintain order and safety inside the jail. We start by taking the time every day visitors come into the prison to check them for any contraband they might be passing to the inmates. We check the inmates before they can get back to their cells, and we even check their cells randomly throughout the day. We have a team that check inmate’s mail and we even will monitor the calls they make while inside the jail. The company that installed our inmate call monitoring system, Securus Technologies, has been instrumental in helping officers to make life safer for all behind prison walls.
The company is based out of Dallas, has 1,000 employees, and their CEO, Richard Smith, says Securus Technologies is dedicated to making the planet safer. When you have these monitoring systems in over 2,500 jails, you are doing something right. The LBS software enables my team to be able to isolate conversations the inmates are having about drug use in their cells, getting drugs from the outside, and where they can hide the drugs to keep it safe.
Each day we are able to use the call monitoring system to detect chatter on weapons or drugs, then take immediate action before the incidence becomes a problem.