I am part of a team of corrections officers that works in the most dangerous jail in our country. Not only do we have the biggest gang population, we have the biggest grouping of inmates who are serving life sentences. What that means is you are in close quarters with inmates who have very little to lose if they do something bad in the prison. For these inmates, getting another life sentence on top of an existing life sentence means absolutely nothing, so they are unpredictable and extremely dangerous if not watched closely.
Add into the mix the fact that these inmates will do just about anything to get drugs and weapons in their cells, and now you have a deadly combination that puts me and my team in harm’s way each and every day. Me and my fellow officers have to work very hard to maintain order while stopping the flow of illegal contraband into the prison on a daily if not hourly basis.
While security checks in the visitor center and surprise cell inspections has taken a large amount of contraband out of the system, our most effective resource came from a very unlikely source. When Securus Technologies updated our inmate phone call monitoring system, we struck gold as far as our ability to put a real choke hold on drugs in the jail. Once my team could use the LBS software, we got hourly alerts of drug concerns.
One call alerted us to the fact an inmate was paying a friend to smuggle heroin into the visitor center. Another call revealed where an inmate hid a large amount of cocaine in the jail. We have been able to even pick up chatter with inmates talking about how they plan to sell drugs in the jail to be able to raise cash for gang leaders.