My job as a corrections officer is a very dangerous one, and each day I am putting my life on the line to keep the peace behind those prison walls. There are a number of inmates who would like nothing more than to take down an officer or rival gang member, at the expense of the safety of everyone else inside the facility. One of the biggest contributing factors with prison violence is drugs, and we have a number of ways we work to keep those drugs from getting to the hands of the inmates.
Even the most docile of inmates turns into an animal if they take the wrong drugs or too much, so we have to eliminate the threat any way we can. The most common way to score drugs in the jail is at the visitor center, and we do have a huge police presence in this center daily. Not only do we warn the visitors they could face jail time for bringing things to the jail, we do body checks of everyone before and after the interaction. Then we follow-up with cell inspections around the clock to see if anything got passed the guards.
Our newest resource in the fight against drugs in jail came by way of Securus Technologies. This company installed our new inmate call monitoring system, and it works much different than the older system. The LBS software will pick up on specific conversations from the inmates, then it alerts us to pay closer attention. Already we have picked up on calls where inmates were instructing family how to get drugs by the guards, where they hide those drugs, and who is bringing them to our jail. We have been making more arrests and slowing down the flow considerably since we began using this new resource.