In all the years that I have been working in our local jail, we have never had such a rough go at stopping the flow of drugs into the hands of the inmates. My team of corrections officers are working hard each day to try and catch visitors bringing in drugs or we do surprise inspections in the cells to remove contraband. Even with these efforts each day, inmates will joke they can get drugs easier in jail than on the streets of the city.
It was only a matter of time before the prison reached out to Securus Technologies to install their inmate call monitoring system in our facility. This company has a reputation for making the world safer, and their CEO Richard Smith says his team of one thousand employees were at our disposal if we needed help getting up to speed on the system. My team was trained to use the LBS software, and we got right into figuring out how to stop this problem with contraband in the hands of the inmates.
During the first week of monitoring inmate calls, it became clear to us that we now had a resource that would take the place of a dozen officers and give us a peek into how things were operating right under our noses. One call we monitored revealed how these inmates were hiding the drugs inside the jail in places we thought that we had checked pretty thoroughly. Another time we picked up on chatter where an inmate was talking opening about how to slip contraband into the jail through the visitor center without arising any suspicions.
In only a few months we have made more discoveries and taken more drugs out of the jail than all last year combined. Securus Technologies has been key in helping us keep our facility safer.