If I look back over all the years I have been working as a corrections officer in our state jail and compare violent outbreaks, this year has by far been the most dangerous. The volatile mix of drugs, weapons, and overcrowded conditions has finally reached a tipping point, and if we didn’t take action now, the jail could easily become impossible to control. Despite all of my fellow officers efforts, the violence was getting to the point that now guests and prison staff were being affected.
Our superiors reached out to Securus Technologies in an effort to try and maintain some order in our facility. Securus Technologies created a revolutionary call monitoring system that is capable of scanning every call every inmate makes on the house phones and isolate conversations about things like drugs, weapons, violence, contraband, fighting, and gangs. While the system is scanning those calls, we don’t need to tie up our officers in that call center any longer, so we have more officers on the grounds on the front lines maintaining order.
Securus Technologies already has 2.600 of these same inmate monitoring systems installed in jails all around the country. The company CEO, Rick Smith, says his company is dedicated to making our jobs safer. The LBS software is an essential key to the overall success of the system, identifying chatter and alerting my team instantly so that we can be in the position to take immediate action before the problem occurs.
After only a few weeks of the new monitoring system running, we have seen violence on the steady decline. Thanks to the Securus Technologies system, we discovered an inmate selling drugs, an inmate hiding drugs in his cell, where weapons were hidden in the yard, and how drugs were smuggled through our jail visitor center.