I work as a corrections officer in our county jail, and my biggest obstacle each day is trying to keep the inmates from getting their hands on illegal contraband. Weapons, drugs, and cell phones, in the hands of the inmates make it very challenging for my team to do our job. We have developed a number of ways that we can put a stop to the problem, some more effective to the others.
The visitor center is where you will find the inmates and the visitors in close contact, and the opportunity to transfer things like drugs or weapons is abundant. My fellow officers have to have eyes in the back of our heads, we have to do a physical search of each visitor coming in and inmate going back to their cells, and we have to run everyone through an x-ray machine.
Securus Technologies is responsible for call monitoring system we use to listen to the inmates on the phone. The new system, or LBS software, allows us to listen in ways we have never done in the past. Now the system is doing the work of several officers, so we can deploy teams to do surprise cell inspections while the software is listening in for chatter about contraband.
On any given day, we hear inmates talking about where they hide their drugs inside the cells, who they are going to meet to gather things they need to sell in the jail, and even what time of day they sneak to their cells to do those drugs. Each call simply helps us to tighten up the loose ends and put a stop to this problem on a number of fronts. Thanks to the team at Securus Technologies, our facility is that much safer and we have had less incidents already.