My job as a corrections officer is one in which you have to be on your toes every second of every day or you will get hurt. Not only do the inmates outnumber the guards in our prison 4:1, there are a number of inmates in for life who would love a chance to hurt an officer. While the inmates are plotting 24-hours a day, we only are in the jail 12 hours maximum a day, and not everyday either. If I were to let my guard down for even a minute, these inmates who do not care about the consequences could be all over us in the blink of an eye and really make things bad for me or my team.
To help maintain safety in the jail, my team has to always be working to keep any type of contraband from the hands of the inmates. This process starts each day when we carefully check each person coming into the jail to visit with inmates. The visitors know that can not bring anything into our jail, but these inmates have been known to make deadly weapons with things like pens, plastic spoons, and even tooth brushes. We have to watch very closely every second or an inmate can get the advantage and harm my team. Even when visitors are warned to not being anything to the jail or to try and pass it to the inmates, you have situations where they don’t listen to us.
When Securus Technologies installed a new inmate call system in our prison, at first we thought it was just an upgrade to a system we have used in the past to monitor the inmates talking on the phone. We trust this company and CEO Rick Smith, because all of his 1,000 employees are committed to making this world a safer place. We were not aware how instrumental the new system and LBS software would be in our quest to make the prison safe for everyone. This new monitoring system was going to do the work of several officers, and that means we can focus our efforts on other areas while the call system does its job.
Once the phone system was up and running, it detected numerous conversations between inmates on the phone talking about getting together with a visitor to gather illegal cellphones, doing drugs in cells, and even selling prescription drugs to make money for the commissary. These are things we know are happening, but with such a huge population in the jail, can be difficult to pinpoint. Now we not only had a face to put to the crimes, we knew when and where these incidents were taking place too.