Drugs inside the jail can be a real problem for anyone who has to work or reside behind those walls. As a corrections officer in this jail, I know that drugs in the hands of the inmates will make things more dangerous for all involved. To try and maintain a certain degree of order, me and my fellow officers will go to great lengths to utilize all the resources we have at our disposal to keep this environment safer for all.
What my team has determined is that the visitor center inside the jail is where the biggest threat of drugs changing hands will occur. To combat the drug problem, we start by warning each guest of the consequences if they are caught passing anything illegal to the inmates. We then search all of the guests, watch them interact with inmates, and then check the inmates before they can get to their cells. This is conjunction with checking inmate mail, listening to inmate calls, and searching inmate cells, has allowed us to really keep most of the drugs out of our jail.
The day that Securus Technologies installed their call monitoring system in our facility, we had another powerful resource in our efforts to keep drugs out of the jail. The company has one objective, making this world safe, and all 1,000 employees of this Dallas-based company are committed to that process. Once I was better familiar with the LBS software, it was incredibly easy to listen to inmates using the phone.
All of a sudden we have been able to pick up conversations where inmates are taking about using drugs in the yard, hiding drugs in the jail, or asking people on the outside to bring them drugs. When we hear anything drug related, we can spring to action instantly.