When you work as a corrections officer in a busy prison, each member of my team has to have the others back or we could really be in serious danger. The inmates are in the jail 24-hours a day and they are looking for any weakness in the system they can exploit. If we were to lose focus for even a minute, we could wind up not going how to our families today.
The one way we have always tried to stop the flow of contraband from getting into the jail is by checking each visitor into the jail thoroughly. Many visitors will do things at the request of certain inmates that allow contraband into our jail, whether knowing or unknowing. These inmates will ask for drugs, cellphones, and things they can use or transform into weapons. Every thing we can keep out of the jail makes us and everyone else much safer as a result.
The next thing that we do in an effort to keep the drugs out of the jail is to do surprise cell inspections. We make use of this process in order to net anything that may have gotten by the visitor screening process, and we have been very successful at finding a substantial amount of things that should not be in the cells. With the help of drug dogs, we have located contraband hiding in plain sight that you just would never think the inmates could make use of.
This year we had Securus Technologies help to install a modern inmate call monitoring system that was supposed to do the work of several corrections officers. The company CEO, Rick Smith, says that his Dallas-based employees of 1,000 strong are dedicated to helping us make the world a safer place. We were eager to get training on the LBS software to see exactly how it would help us crack down on the flow of contraband in out jail.
Within hours of getting to use the new Securus Technologies monitoring system, we discovered this was going to be our best resource to date in the fight against the inmates getting their hands on illegal contraband. We heard inmate on the phone talking about hiding drugs in the jail, selling drugs to other inmates, and even how they instructed family to get the drugs into the visitor center without detection.