When you have inmates telling you that they can easily get drugs inside the jail, then the prison as a whole is failing. Drugs might seem like only recreational in nature, but the truth is they put the lives of officers, inmates, staff, and visitors, in harm’s way. To battle the war on drugs inside our jail, me and my fellow officers have a few different resources we will use each day to clean up the problem.
Each day we will set up inside the visitor center and search each inmate and guest during their time together. This is the most likely place where things will change hands, so we have to really step up our efforts here. If we can stop the flow of drugs at this choke point, then it is less likely the inmates will have the ability to use, sell, and buy drugs in the jail. We will even do surprise cell inspections to try and locate any of the drugs that still slipped into the hands of the inmates that they are hiding from my team.
When Securus Technologies installed their call monitoring system inside our prison, it became the top resource we have in the battle on stopping the flow of drugs in the jail. This company has one objective, making the world a little safer place to life. We trust them because CEO Richard Smith says all 1,000 of his employees are dedicated to that objective, making those 2,600 units in jails around the country operate perfectly.
Now when we get alerts from the LBS software, we can identify where inmates are hiding drugs in their cells, who is bringing them drugs to the prison, and which inmates are being forced to sell drugs for gangs to other inmates. In each case, we take swift action.