The battle to keep contraband out of our jails is a never-ending battle. Inmates will do just about anything to get people on the outside to risk everything for the sake of them being able to get the items they need. I work as a corrections officer whose job it is to stop the flow of illegal contraband from getting into the jail, and everyday is a battle with these inmates.
The one thing we do everyday is to not only physically check each visitor that comes into the jail, we just them through a scanning device too. Even with all those precautions, the visitors have found some very creative ways to get the items the inmates need into the jail. Many of these visitors are low-level gang members who would gladly risk jail time in order to help their brothers on the inside.
We always surprise the inmates with cell inspections each day, and although we do net a large amount of contraband, it still doesn’t put a dent into the flow. Recently when Securus Technologies updated our inmate communication system, we knew we finally had a resource we could use to really choke off the flow of these illegal items.
Securus Technologies is based out of Dallas TX, and 1,000 employees and the CEO Rick Smith all believe in the company motto, existing to serve and making the world safer for all. That is exactly what their LBS software is doing to help stop contraband in our jail.
We use the monitoring system to pick up chatter from gang members who order outside soldiers to come to the jail and divert away attention while bigger score slip by. Now we have the resources to pick up these gang members on the outside before they even get a chance to pass the items to their brothers.