The dangers of working in a jail are numerous, and every second inside the jail is just another opportunity for the inmates to hurt one another or the officers. Trying to combat the daily threat of violence is not something many people can do day after day or year after year, you really need to love your job or you could be in the line of fire in the blink of eye.
One of the ways that we combat the violence is trying to keep weapons and drugs out of the hands of the inmates. To do this, we start at the visitor center and we carefully check each and every person who wants to come in contact with the inmates. Even with warnings of arrest all over the jails, many people will push the envelope to try and get the things they are told to bring to the jail into the hands of the inmates. This can make it very challenging to slow down the flow of contraband.
Even when surprise inspections of the cells do not yield results, we have a resource that is fast becoming one of the easiest ways to control the flow of drugs and weapons to our jail. Securus Technologies installed an inmate call system in our jail, and it makes monitoring the calls easier. The inmates are used to us already listening in on their calls, but now we have software that helps us to detect chatter we would have otherwise missed.
The LBS software can alert officers to chatter between inmates and their friends or family that describe acquiring drugs and weapons in secret. Already this year, we have stopped visitors we would have never caught otherwise coming to the jail with contraband. Securus Technologies has been instrumental in keeping violence to a minimum in our jail.