When there is a serious problem with drugs in the jail, me and my fellow corrections officers need to step up and reduce the problem. Over the last few years our prison has seen a huge influx in drug usage by the inmates, so we have had to resort to a number of techniques to be able to control this problem.
One of the things we do each day is surprise cell inspections for drugs and illegal contraband. Even though the inmates do not know which day we are coming, they know we will eventually get there so they take the appropriate actions to hide what they have from us. To try and get ahead of the problem, we ramp up our searches at the visitor center to keep inmates from getting drugs from family or friends. This has put a dent in their efforts, but the problem definitely still exists.
Securus Technologies installed an inmate telephone call monitoring system in our prison, and we were about to discover this was going to be another valuable resource in our efforts to keep drugs from getting into the hands of those inmates. The company CEO, Richard Smith, is known for his objective of keeping the world a safer place, and all of his Dallas-based employees work towards that goal.
My team was trained on the LBS software, and we couldn’t wait to put the system to work. Almost right out of the gate, we began to pick up on some chatter between inmates who were discussing how family should sneak the drugs through the visitor center. On another call, we learned which inmates were selling drugs and where they hid the contraband throughout the jail. Since using the new system, we have put a significant dent into the flow of drugs in our prison.