When I show up to the prison and start my shift as a corrections officer, I have come to expect my fellow officers having my back as I do theirs. The jail is a much more dangerous place than in recent years, and the flow of drugs combined with overcrowding is making my job extremely dangerous. Each day we are desperately trying to eliminate the flow of drugs, despite inmates taking jabs at us and saying finding drugs in the jail is easier than where they were free on the streets.
Our team would spend a considerable amount of time doing surprise cell inspections, searching guests and inmates during daily visits, and even listening to conversations the inmates make on prison phones. Despite these extra efforts, the inmates continues to get drugs without issue. It wasn’t until Securus Technologies updated the call monitoring system in our facility that we were able to shed a light on the cause of the trouble.
Securus Technologies has already placed their telephone call monitoring systems in over a thousand jails all over the country. The LBS software can now scan multiple inmate calls and isolate specific chatter concerning drugs or weapons. This week I was alerted to a number of calls regarding drugs and an unknown source. The calls all referenced a person and visiting dates, but we could not make the connection. On a hunch, we staked out the area and paid close attention to guests arriving and how they interacted with the inmates.
Day after day, the incidents would occur when a certain guard was assigned duty in the visitor center. After investigating the lead, we discovered he was turning a blind eye for cash, allowing drugs to get right into the jail and putting us all in further danger. This officer is not enjoying his new view in a cell at a local prison.