In order to keep the drugs out of prison, me and my fellow corrections officers have to stay vigilant and really be aggressive in our efforts. These inmates spend every minute of every day behind these walls, so they have the advantage of time on their side and being able to spot weakness in the system. Despite our best efforts, it seems like the inmates have developed more ways to outsmart us as far as getting drugs into the jail.
Drugs inside our jail pose a number of serious problems. One, an inmate who is high is several times stronger than the average inmate, requiring a team of officers to take control rather than a couple. Inmates who have access to drugs can force others to sell the drugs, helping to spread the problem throughout the facility. The more money they make, the more they can use it to get access to other types of contraband that they need.
Securus Technologies was contracted to install the inmate telephone monitoring system in the prison. The system is currently in over 2,000 jails around the country, and the LBS software can do the work of several officer. This can free up resources to attack the problem head on.
Now that we could listen to the inmates on the phone more intently, we discovered chatter about which visitors were being tapped to smuggle things to the inmates in the visitor center. We learned what inmates were hiding contraband in their cells, and which were using drugs at night. Our team was even able to discover where inside the jail things were being hidden in plain sight.
Once we started to learn how the system picked up on those key phrases, it became clear that we had a new electronic partner who was on duty all the time now.