My job as a corrections officer is making sure the inmates are not doing anything that could bring harm to themselves, other inmates, my officers, or visitors to the jail. This is easier said than done because these inmates have become quite efficient at being able to get things like weapons and drugs into the jail. Each day, me and my fellow officers have to be vigilant in our efforts to eliminate contraband from the prison if we all want to stay safe.
One of the areas we dedicate a number of hours each day to keeping the prison safe in the visitors center. We have to closely inspect each person coming into the jail for things like drugs, weapons, or anything the inmates can turn into weapons. Even something as innocent as a pen could be turned into a stabbing device. Even with our presence, the inmates still get access to those items.
When Securus Technologies installed the new inmate telephone monitoring system, we didn’t even realize at the time that this was going to be a huge resource in our efforts to clean up our prison. CEO Rick Smith of Securus Technologies says his monitoring systems are being used in over 2,500 jails around the country, and his staff is committed to keeping this world safe for each of us.
My fellow officers were trained to use the LBS software, and it was then we discovered how powerful this new monitoring system was going to be. It was capable of doing the work of a half-dozen officers, and we discovered hours later where inmates were stashing drugs, where they were getting parts for weapons, and even who was responsible for bringing contraband into the visitor center. In only days we have tightened up our prison and made it a safer place to work.