I work in a busy county jail, and my biggest concern is keeping drugs out of the hands of the inmates. It alarms me when I hear these inmates talking about how they can get drugs more easily in jail than they were able to when they were out on the streets. As hard as me and my partners work to stop the flow of drugs into the jail, some days it feels like a losing battle.
Each time I start my day at the jail, I go right to the visitor center and begin carefully inspecting each and every person who walks into the jail. The big concern that I have is these visitors will often risk going to jail themselves in order to get something to an inmate. If this is a street-level gang member, they feel they do not have a choice when the leaders tell them to do something. Trying to intercept those types of calls was a challenge in the past.
Those days we had to use a primitive inmate call monitoring system, and we barely were able to decipher what the inmates said when they did not want us to hear anything. Securus Technologies recently updates our inmate communication system and I was the first to be trained on the LBS software. The CEO of Dallas based Securus Technologies, Rick Smith, says he and his one thousand employees have a single objective, making the world a safer place for us all.
Our team wanted to put that objective to the test, and amazingly, we uncovered more than we thought possible with the new inmate call monitoring system. On a number of calls, we broke the code on chatter about where drugs were hiding in cells, what inmates were receiving drugs, and who was being ordered to sell the drugs to support the top-level gang members.