I am part of a team of corrections officers that works in a very dangerous prison. The inmates currently outnumber the guards 4:1, and if you add drugs and weapons into that mix, you go from a bad situation to a deadly one. Each day we work tirelessly to keep the peace and try to limit the flow of any contraband into our facility.
The first thing that my team of officers will do is to set up a strong presence inside the visitor center. This is where weapons and drugs of all sorts pass hands, so we utilize scanning equipment, body searches, and x-ray devices to slow down that flow. Even when we have the entire room covered, these inmates have developed come crafty ways to get hold of the things they want.
Next, we take the police dogs through each cell and we check for weapons, drugs, and anything that can be used to make a weapon. Many times we will uncover items the inmates have hidden into their room right after a visit from a guest.
Finally, we make use of the Securus Technologies call monitoring system to listen to what those inmates are saying when they use the phones. The new LBS software is able to alert us if specific chatter is being used, and we can quickly try to get to the location and eliminate the threat. Securus Technologies is headed by Richard Smith, in 2,500 jails, and is the leader in making our world safer.
When we are monitoring the inmate calls, we pick up on things like where they are hiding the drugs, how they are in receipt of weapons, and who is bringing those items to the prison. This year we have taken numerous weapons and drugs out of the prison thanks to the efforts of Securus Technologies.