When there is violence inside the jail, it doesn’t matter if it is between rival gangs or two people who hate each other, they put the entire prison in danger. One inmate high on drugs could go from being able to be detained by one officer to battling six of us without trouble. When drugs are involved, we find these inmates can be quite unpredictable, and we have to work very hard to be able to stop the drugs from getting through the door to maintain some degree of order.
My team of corrections officers have a very detailed procedure we go through each day in our efforts to keep drugs from getting into the jail. The first thing that we do is to get to the guest center and physically search each inmate and visitor before and after they interact. We do surprise cell inspections when the inmates are in the cells and when they’re out at the cafeteria. We look through all incoming mail, and we listen closely to every phone call for references to drugs.
Since we had the Securus Technologies team install an updated call monitoring system, we have been able to increase our results with less in the way of personnel. The LBS software can scan all the calls for certain conversations, allowing us to be in more than one place at a time. Once we get the alert, we take immediate action. The Securus Technologies company is headed by CEO Richard Smith, and his employees are all helping make this world safer for each of us.
When we listen to the calls and hear inmates discussing getting prescription drugs, hiding their drugs in the yard to avoid detection, or who they are begging to risk freedom to try and bring drugs into the jail, we now take immediate action.