It is one thing to have to always be on our guard in the prison to keep us safe from inmate attacks, it is another when one of our own is aiding this inmates being able to attack us easily. One of my jobs in the prison that I work is monitoring the communications the inmates make on the phone. Whether they are talking to other inmates or with someone on the outside, our safety is dependent on knowing these inmates are not planning any attacks in the jail.
There have been a few times when we were able to hear chatter on the phone system that helped us stop certain situations, but recently, those instances have been on the rise. We have many resources at our disposal, but we needed more. When Securus Technologies talked to us about a new inmate communication system that was having success across the country, we decided to get the system in our facility too.
Once the team at Securus Technologies visited the jail and installed the system, we began training and got very comfortable with the software. I was impressed how quickly we all got on board, and we began to see results right out of the gate.
Our jail has recently been seeing an increase in drug activity, and no matter how much we limited visitor access, the drugs were flying into the jail. On a few occasions, the software alerted us to chatter about certain gang members using family to smuggle in the illegal contraband. Even with those few arrests, the problem only seemed to be getting worse. It was on one of these calls that we heard disturbing information one of our officers was letting certain members get by without issue in exchange for cash.
The Securus Technologies communication system has put a huge dent in the drug flow in our jail today.