I have been working as a corrections officer in the local prison for many decades, and this year we have seen an explosion in drug use like at no other time. The inmates brag about how easy it is for them to get just about any type drug, and that is a poor reflection on me and my staff. In the past, we had a few things we could do each day to try and slow down the flow of drugs inside the jail.
Every day, we take the drug-sniffing dogs through the jail and stop at any cells where they detect a hint of drugs. We do this without any warning, and even though the inmates find this annoying, it does help to slow down the flow of drugs in the jail. We have a team of officers check the mail to be sure no one is trying to mail drugs to the inmates too. We set up searches inside the visitor center and check the inmates and they guests several times to make sure no one is exchanging anything that should not be in the hands of the inmates.
This year we got a new resource to help in the fight against drugs in the jail. Securus Technologies updated our inmate call monitoring system that we had been using to listen to inmates on the jail phone. The company is based out of Dallas, has 1,000 dedicated employees, and currently has the same inmate monitoring systems in over 2,400 prisons around this country.
The LBS software will now alert corrections officers if inmates say certain verbiage. We now can spring to action the minute an inmate is talking on the phone about hiding their drugs, using drugs, selling drugs, or buying drugs from other inmates throughout his facility.