Drugs and inmates do not mix, in fact, they are a deadly combination in may cases. An inmate using heroin or crack for the first time goes from being someone a few officers can detain to a monster who a half-dozen officers have trouble getting control of and into their cell. If an inmate is high, they can turn into a raging maniac and literally put each and every one of my fellow corrections officers lives in danger.
In order to keep our prison as safe as possible, my team of officers puts a huge presence in the visitor center. We feel that if drugs, weapons, or other contraband is going to reach the inmates, this is the likely source. Not only are we doing a physical search of every person coming into this area of the prison, we run them though scanning equipment and we remind everyone that if they do pass anything to the inmates that they will be put in jail too. Even with these efforts, things somehow find a way to the inmates.
When Securus Technologies installed their inmate phone call monitoring system, we had a resource that could really impact the flow of contraband into our jail. This company has over 2,600 systems in prisons around the country, and their CEO Richard Smith, states that his entire workforce of 1,000 employees are all striving to wards the objective of making the work safe for us all.
Hours after learning the LBS software, we got hit after hit concerning inmates and drugs. Some calls revealed who was selling drugs, others where drugs were hidden in the jail. These calls were instantly followed up on and we have made a huge dent in the flow of those drugs into the jail and into the hands of the inmates.