The prison that I work as a corrections officer is one of the most crowded and dangerous in the entire country. On any given day, the inmates outnumber my team by 5:1, and in such close quarters you add in drugs and weapons and now you have a deadly situation.
To try and keep the inmates from taking control of the prison, we are actively putting pressure on them in a number of ways. We have a huge officer presence in our visitor center, the place where more contraband passes hands than anywhere in the jail. Even with the warning of jail time if a visitor is caught giving the inmates anything, many will risk it to give the inmates what they want. Our team does physical searches as well as putting these folks through an x-ray scanner to locate anything they should not be bringing into the jail.
Securus Technologies is currently the leader when it comes to inmate communication systems in jail, installed in over 2,500 prisons around the country. The CEO of Securus Technologies, Richard Smith, says his Dallas-based company and all employees working for him are in pursuit of one objective, making our world a safer place for us all to live. I was not aware at the time that their LBS software could do the work of several corrections officers, allowing my team to literally be in a number of places at the same time to try and curb the illegal activities of these inmates. We couldn’t wait to see the system in action.
One call alerted us to an inmate smoking in his cell after hours. One call tipped us off to how drugs were getting in the jail. We even heard inmates talk about where they were hiding their drugs right in plain sight of the officers.