How Securus Technologies Helped Keep a Prison Safe

When me and my fellow officers come to the jail each day, we know there is always the chance that we may not go home that evening to be with our families. Violence in our prison is escalating each year, due mainly to the increased flow of drugs getting into the hands of those inmates. Me and my team work hard each day to ensure that we are cutting down on that flow because it will eventually have a positive impact on prison violence.

 

Of all the ways drugs could get in the jail, the interaction between visitor and inmate is the likely source. We have a huge police presence in the visitor center each day, and we conduct searches of inmates and visitors, as well as warn the visitors before they come in the jail that any drugs will be confiscated and arrests will be made. Despite those efforts, some people will do just about anything for the sake of the inmates.

 

Securus Technologies was in our prison recently to upgrade the phone system the inmates use. This company is headed by CEO Richard Smith, and he says his 1,000 employees are dedicated to the objective of making our world safe. Since the system has been helping over 2,600 other jails to cut down on drug problems, we were excited to have another resource available to us.

 

My team was trained to use the LBS software, then wanted to see the results. Within hours we heard one inmate talking about how drugs can be mailed undetected. One inmate talked about how he does drugs late at night to avoid detection. We even heard one inmate instruct a family member how to smuggle marijuana to the jail. Needless to say that with the help of Securus Technologies, we have cut down on violence and drugs in our busy jail.

 

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