The job of a prison guard is perhaps one of the more dangerous in this country. Even with all the advances in technology, if the inmates want to hurt officers, they outnumber them in just about every prison. When these inmates can get their hands on things like drugs and weapons, then you take things to a completely different level. My job as a corrections officer is to keep the peace by eliminating those opportunities for inmates to get their hands on those items.
Each day when my team gets assembled, we meet in the visitor center and work hard to ensure nothing is getting from the visitor to the inmates. Even things like a toothbrush can be crafted into a sharp stabbing device, so we make it clear nothing is allowed to come into that area. That being said, there are some inmates who can be very persuasive, and the visitors will even risk time in jail to try and help them out. In these cases, we have to go that extra mile to eradicate any trace of the contraband.
Securus Technologies placed the call monitoring system in our prison, and we use it to help tighten up security around the jail. The company already has the same inmate call monitoring system in 2,600 jails around the country, and we believe it is making a real positive difference here too. The system is able to listen to all calls simultaneously and pick out unique chatter on just about any subject.
The LBS software alerted my team to when an inmate was asking his mother to slip him prescription drugs. One call revealed how an inmate was hiding his drugs outside the cell to avoid having to own up to it, so we immediately put a team on these incidents and tighten the ship as we go.