As part of a team of corrections officers who works in a very dangerous jail, we have to have our heads on a swivel in order to stay out of trouble with violence behind those prison walls. When inmates can get their hands on weapons and drugs, every officer, inmate, visitor, contractor, and employee of the jail is in danger. Luckily we have a few resources we have come to rely on that have really changed the way that we keep the prison safe.
One thing that we do every day is take the dogs throughout the jail and into inmate cells and search for any illegal contraband. When you can take away these things before the inmates can use them, you can reduce the incidents in the jail. We also have measures we take in the visitor center so family or friends can not slip anything to the inmates that they should not have in their possession.
Another resource we have was provided to the staff only this year. Securus Technologies installed a modern inmate call monitoring system that can not pick up and alert officers to chatter about certain subjects. When we are searching for drugs, the LBS software does the work of several officers and tips us off to conversation about the subject matter. This gives us a huge advantage that allows us to be able to clean up the jail more quickly and safely.
As inmates are talking on the phone about drugs in their cells, it allows us to safely pinpoint a location and get the resources there immediately. When inmates talk about smuggling drugs in, we get a team to the visitor center and intercept the parties and take anything away they should not have. Securus Technologies has been key in helping keep our jail much safer.