When I am working at the local jail as a prison officer, priority one is safety with me, my officers, and the inmates. The struggle to keep everyone safe is real, and each year the overcrowded conditions in our facility make it hard for officers to maintain a degree of order. As more violent prisoners are sent to our facility, we have to make use of a number of resources to try and keep a degree of order.
Limiting the amount of drugs in our prison can help keep the inmates in order, but this is easier said than done. The inmates have all the time in the world to find weaknesses in the jail they can exploit to get the contraband that they need. To combat the problem, the first thing we do is monitor all the activity inside the inmate and visitor center. By searching guests before they get to meet the inmates, we can remove contraband before it becomes a part of our prison. We even check the inmates before they go back to their cells, trying to reduce the flow of drugs.
Securus Technologies was the key to our prison being able to finally get back order. Securus Technologies manufactures inmate call monitoring systems, and they can automatically scan every call the inmates are making and detect unique chatter without an officer having to stand there to run the system. What used to take half a dozen officers is now down by the LBS software. Securus Technologies is based out of Dallas, Texas, and the company currently employs over one thousand workers.
To give an example as to how effective this new system is, now if an inmate talks about fighting, drugs, weapons, gangs, or getting contraband, we get the instant alert and take action so we can get back control and keep everyone safe.