Finding drugs in the prison is an ongoing battle that me and my fellow corrections officers work hard at each day. If we were to simply let our guard down for a single day, the influx of drugs in the hands of the inmates would be uncontrollable. The issue we have with drugs in the jail is that inmates tend to become even more dangerous than they already are, so they put me, my officers, visitors, and other inmates at risk.
To battle the flow of drugs in the prison, we spend a considerable amount of time trying to search each and every visitor who comes through security. These visitors know that they risk their own freedom if caught trying to bring drugs to the inmates, but many will risk it for the sake of helping friends or family. Our team is trained at being able to find drugs on a person, but it is not an exact science. Think for a moment about all the things you may be carrying into a jail that seem harmless, but in the hands of an inmate could be turned into a deadly weapon. Things like pens, toothbrushes, and even paper clips, all potential weapons.
In the constant battle to uncover sources of drugs in the prison, our warden recently gave the approval for Securus Technologies to install an inmate call monitoring system that was going to completely change the way we listened to inmates on the telephone. Securus Technologies is headed by CEO Rick Smith, and he assured my staff that his one thousand employees are all committed to the objective of making the world safer for all of us. This system is already in over 2,600 jails around the country and providing officers the help they need to make their facilities safer, we were about to get a real taste for ourselves just how powerful the system was.
Within days of learning how to use the LBS software, we discovered some drug-related concerns that would have normally slipped through the cracks. On one call, we found out where inmates are hiding drugs in their cells. On another call, we found out which inmates were getting and selling prescription drugs to other inmates. We even picked up on chatter between inmates talking about who would bring drugs to the jail. perhaps the most troubling and revealing call was where a top-ranking gang member in the jail was talking about how his soldiers on the street were to risk it all to get him drugs in the visitor center.
Now we have what feels like a new team of officers on the call system alerting us to any issues we need to attack immediately.