Cleaning up the prison system takes more than locking away the inmates for 23 hours a day in their cells. Even if we were to allow the inmates an hour a day outside their cells, contraband would still be a major issue. We have seen a huge rise in our prison concerning illegal contraband, and despite our best efforts, the inmates still feel they can get their hands on just about anything.
While we used to put a huge effort into monitoring the visitor center, yet it was not yielding the results we had hoped. All that manpower on the front lines, and then the next day we find inmates with drugs, weapons, and cell phones. Even doing surprise cell inspections each day was only recovering small amounts of illegal items, we just could not get ahead of the troubles.
When Securus Technologies installed our new inmate call system, the team told us they would train us on the LBS software and it would allow us to really put a dent in the movement of illegal contraband in our jail. We were about to find out exactly how much in a very short amount of time. As soon as we are all up to speed on how the new communication system worked, we took turns to see who could uncover the most illegals contraband.
Me and my fellow officers monitored the calls for a week, and were astonished after we finished. We found out which inmates were making alcohol in their cells, which had access to an illegal cellphone and was using it after hours, and even a discussion about an officer selling prescription drugs to inmates at a reduced price. Now we use the Securus Technologies system to stay one step ahead of the illegal activities in our jail.