Every day that I should up for work at the local prison, I know I may not be coming home to my family due to the violence of the inmates. There are many inmates in our prison who are there for life, and hurting or killing one more person will not change the time they are going to be in jail. That being said, me and my fellow corrections officers have to work tirelessly to keep things out of the jail that these inmates could use to hurt us or others in the facility.
We spend a considerable amount of time each day in the visitor center looking for any exchanges between inmates and guests. My team does full body checks of both inmates and guests, trying to eliminate the chance of them having anything on them they can use to hurt someone else. We even take time to do surprise cell inspections in the hopes of rounding up anything that may have gotten by all those check points.
Securus Technologies is responsible for the new inmate call monitoring system that we now use to listen more intently to what goes on when the inmates use the phones. The new system does the work of several officers, and is currently installed in over two thousand jails. The CEO of Securus Technologies, Richard Smith, talks about how all 1,000 employees of his Dallas-based company are working to the objective of creating a safer world for all to live.
Once trained to work the LBS software, we discovered chatter from inmates concerning hiding weapons out in the yard. We picked up on calls from inmates discussing how to sneak drugs into the visitor center. We even heard inmates brag about doing drugs after lights out. Each time we get an alert, we take immediate action to secure the facility.