Safety inside the prison is my number one concern as a corrections officer. With inmates outnumbering the officers, if we are not paying attention every second, things go from dangerous to deadly in a flash. There are many inmates who have no respect for authority, and when serving life sentences, could care less if they are punished with more time for hurting someone. This is why we have to take proactive measures each day to keep ahead of violence inside the prison.
The ways that we try to take control are by doing cell inspection randomly throughout to day to remove any drugs or weapons that are hiding in the cells. We have several officers who will look through the mail to make sure no drugs of any sort are inside those letter. My team will do physical searches of all inmates and their guests when it is visiting hours. Despite these efforts and more, contraband still gets into our facility, but we have one other resource that has been slowing down the flow of illegal items into the jail.
After Securus Technologies installed the inmate call monitoring system in our jail, things began to finally get under control. The company has 1,000 employees who are all committed to making the world a little safer, and they prove that everyday. Having installed those monitoring systems in 2,600 prisons, the company is on the front line in jail safety and getting results.
When my team uses the LBS software to monitor drug activity, we are simply taken aback when we get those alerts each time. Now we hear inmates talking about giving instructions to family how to sneak in medication, where they hide those drugs, and who is being ordered inside the jail to sell drugs to pay other inmates money.