The threat of violence inside the prison is something we as corrections officers have to live with every day. We all understand that if things go bad, we may not be coming home to our families. It is bad enough you have angry inmates who would jump at the chance to take out an officer, but them you add into the mix weapons and drugs and now you have a deadly combination. Me and my fellow officers work tirelessly to ensure these types of contraband can not get into the jail in the first place.
The easiest way for the inmates to get their hands on those types of contraband is for a visitor to slip it to them when they come to visit. Even when you tell these visitors that they risk their own freedom by taking such a risk, many will simply do it on the orders of those inmates they came to see. What we have to do is to check each visitor by hand, then watch the interaction, then scan the inmates before they can leave to go back to their cells. Even with these precautions, things still make it to the cells.
Securus Technologies was instrumental in helping fight these incidents. The LBS software allows us to listen to the calls inmates are making and alert us to specific conversations. When inmates talk about getting family to smuggle weapons, we get there first. When inmates talk about hiding weapons in the yard, we get there before they can be used to hurt anyone. When inmates do successfully hide things in their cell and talk about it, now we can send a team to that cell fast and eliminate the threat.
Thanks to Securus Technologies, our prison has seen a huge reduction in violent incidents in the last year.