One of the biggest problems me and my fellow corrections officers face on a daily basis is locating and keeping drugs out of the prison. The most frustrating part of this task is knowing the inmates believe that they can get their hands on drugs with more ease than when they were out on the streets. Despite us making use of a number of resources, the drugs seem to continue to flow without any sign of slowing.
Each day we go through different routines in our efforts to stop drug use behind prison walls. One of the most successful efforts is in the visitor center. Here is where inmates are in very close quarters with guests, so we have to really check each person before and after the meeting to ensure nothing can change hands. We follow-up those visits with a cell inspection, in case the inmates are hiding things after the meetings. We even listen to inmate phone calls to try and get a jump on what they may be up to concerning illegal contraband.
When we first heard about Securus Technologies installing our telephone monitoring system, we already were having marginal success listening to the inmates talk on the phone. What we discovered was that the new LBS software was capable of doing the work of half my team, listening to every conversation while alerting us if any specific drug chatter was picked up. We didn’t know at the time how important this new resource was going to be in our efforts to clean up this prison.
Now when inmates are talking to their friends or family on the phone about how they get drugs, who is bringing in drugs, or where they are able to keep those drugs inside the jail, we can spring to action instantly and take those items away from them.