Despite the best efforts of my fellow corrections officers, drugs inside the jail are a threat that seems to get worse each year. Even with several resources at our disposal, inmates have been getting very creative in the ways they will get their drugs smuggled inside this facility. The problem has reached a point where my superiors are giving us access to any resource necessary to clean up this prison and get back control of the situation.
The reason drugs are such a deadly mix in the hands of the inmates is due in part to the fact they outnumber officers and have to be in such close proximity with one another. An inmate that is normally calm and collected could become uncontrollable if under the influence of heroin or crack. Not only does this inmate then put his own life in danger, he is risking the lives of other inmates, visitors, staff of the jail, and all my fellow officers. We got the call that Securus Technologies was called in to update our inmate call monitoring system, and training on their LBS software was next week.
Securus Technologies is headed by CEO Richard Smith, and he talks about how all his employees are working to one objective, making the world a safer place to live. These monitoring systems are in well over 2,500 jails and allow officers the chance to be in other areas of the jail as the software scans all calls for any chatter on drugs. That day we were all familiar with the LBS software, we couldn’t wait to utilize this resource.
Call after call, the system would alert us that inmates were talking about getting drugs from family, using drugs at night in the cells, or hiding their drugs in plain sight. We took action each instance and have seen a positive impact already.