I can tell you firsthand that trying to find contraband in our prison is a very challenging task. Each day these inmates are looking for vulnerabilities in the system they can exploit, and usually by the time they do, we are playing catch up. The trouble for officers is that these illegal items in the hands of the inmates make it a more dangerous environment for anyone behind those prison walls.
Securus Technologies had completed installing a new inmate call system in our jail, and we were already monitoring inmate calls to a degree, but things were about to really take a huge turn for the better for my team. Securus Technologies is headed by CEO Richard Smith, who says his team of 1,000 employees are all working towards a single objective, making the world a safer place to live for all of us.
My team has always had a system when it comes to finding illegal contraband in the jail. We start by going through each visitors possessions, then scan them and search them for anything the inmates could use. We do surprise inspections of the inmate’s cells, and we take away anything that they are not allowed to be in possession of. The reason we have to be so vigilant in this instance is because an inmate using drugs is liable to do things they normally would never consider. Add weapons into the mix, and you have the potential for things to go really bad in a very short amount of time.
Once my team started monitoring the new Securus Technologies and was trained to use the LBS software, things began to change for the better. We discovered inmates talking about how their families got drugs into the jail, where inmates hid those drugs, and even how they use those drugs in their cells after lights are turned off at night. There were even conversations where inmates were talking about how they were able to get drugs from their family and hide them in the yard so they were not picked up by the officers during searches. We simply brought the drug dogs in the yard to eliminate that issue.
We now have a new resource in our fight to keep the jail safe that is yielding some pretty amazing results in just a few short weeks. If we are able to maintain this level of clean-up, this is going to be the tightest we have been able to keep the jail since I began working here over two decades ago. We have only begun using the Securus Technologies system and see these results, we look forward to what we discover over the next year and many years to come.