Even though a criminal is in jail, that does not mean that they have stopped their life of crime. In my three decades working as a corrections officer in our local jail, I can tell you from experience that many inmates commit far worse crimes in jail, and go from being sentenced a few years to never getting out of jail again. The crimes these inmates are involved in run from drug use, violence, to murder. My job is doing whatever possible to make the jail safer for all.
One way that we lessen the likelihood of violence in the jail is by meeting and checking visitors for any contraband. Physical checks and well as x-rays allow us to make certain these visitors can not pass anything to the inmates. Even something as innocent as a metal spoon, in the hands of the inmate could be sculpted into a weapon. Surprise cell inspections are vital too in our efforts to try and keep these inmates from hurting anyone.
A new tool that we have in our never-ending quest to make the jail safe is the inmate communication system. Securus Technologies recently upgraded the equipment and trained the officers on how to use the LBS software. The CEO of Securus Technologies, Rick Smith, says that his Dallas TX based company is committed to making the world a safer place for everyone. All one thousand employees of Securus Technologies follow that same objective each day.
With the new inmate call system in place, me and my fellow officers are now able to listen in on inmate calls in a new way. We can decipher calls and find out when these weapons are coming to the jail, who is bringing them in, where the inmates are hiding them, and who then intend to use them on. The best part, the inmates don’t realize their coded take is actually helping us.