As part of my duties as a corrections officer in a busy and dangerous prison, I am constantly working the visitor center to try and stop the flow of contraband from getting into the hands of the inmates. These inmate are able to come up with very creative ways to get things from people on the outside, and even though we do serious body searches and x-rays, we still have a huge battle on our hands.
One of the things we do to compliment our efforts in the visitor center is do surprise inspections in the inmate cells. This usually recovers many of the contraband that has slipped through the cracks at the visitor center. I would rather stop it before it gets to the cells, but this is the procedures we have to stay vigilant on or the issue gets far out of hand. When we go to the inmate cells, we bring drug dogs and spend considerable time checking every crack and crevice for anything that should not be in the possession of the inmate.
Securus Technologies is responsible for installing the inmate communication system in our prison, and this monitoring system opened the door for us to uncover how the contraband was getting into our jail. Securus Technologies CEO Rick Smith, says that all 1,000 of his Dallas-based employees are dedicated to making our planet safer for all. These systems are currently in over 2,600 jails around this country, and that means that they must be effective or they would be gone. We were about to learn the LBS software and dive right in to see what or how these illegal items are getting into the prison.
Once me and my fellow officers started listening to the calls, we began to hear some chatter from certain inmates about getting contraband to the prison by way of visitor center. These inmates would always say the same thing, go to see a certain officer. While there are some visitors who have friendly relations with certain officers, this was different. When there is an order to see one particular officer, we needed to investigate.
It eventually revealed this was a corrupt staff member who was on the take and compromising our safety for his financial gain. He was relieved of his job and is now in a cell of his own. Had it not been for the vigilant analysis of calls by this monitoring system, that conversation, and many like it, could have easily slipped by and allowed this behavior to go unchecked for much longer than it did. We had no idea at the time this system could help us in this way, and now our entire staff is aware they need to be very careful of their actions in our jail.