As a corrections officer, each day that I come to work could be my last because I am a target of the inmates looking to make an example of anyone trying to tell them what to do. When you introduce drugs into a jail, the inmates can go from being orderly to being deadly. this year we have seen a huge spike in drug incidents, and the sooner we can identify the trouble and get back control, the safer every person inside the jail will be.
Each day we started spending more time doing cell inspections and physical searches at the inmate visitor center. Our goal was to try and put a stop to the steady flow of drugs getting to the inmates. No matter how much we recovered, the inmates had drugs the following week. While this situation seemed hopeless, we knew we had one resource that could help us to identify the trouble without letting on that we even had a clue where to start.
Securus Technologies is responsible for the installation of the new call monitoring system in our jail we now use to listen to when the inmates are using the phones. This is a resource we have been waiting for, and I was one of the first to learn how the LBS software worked. Unlike the old system, now we could allow the software to do the heavy lifting, basically alerting us when the conversation turned to any types of drugs. None of us were prepared for what I uncovered.
The system began to detect chatter concerning our visitor center, and certain inmates with a history of drug issues were directing people to a certain officer on certain days. Wound up being this officer was on the take, slipping people by without them getting a proper inspection, putting us all in danger.