Conditions inside the prison where I am stationed as a corrections officer have really suffered in recent years. The combination of drugs, gangs, weapons, and overcrowded conditions, have made it ripe for violence between inmates which is now spilling over to guests and officers. Our superiors have made it very clear that this violence needed to be contained and stopped before more innocent people are hurt. In our efforts to maintain order, we discovered other jails in the country were already making use of the services from Securus Technologies.
Here’s a little background information on Securus Technologies. The company has their main headquarters in Texas, they have over one thousand employees, and their inmate call monitoring system has already been successfully running in over 2,550 prison systems around the country. Knowing the CEO and all his employees are committed to making this world safe, we knew this was going to be a perfect fit for our facility. When my team was showed how the LBS software works in place of a dozen officers, we couldn’t wait to get back into the general population and allow the software to begin working.
With our entire crew of officers back on the front line and the software monitoring the inmate calls, we felt like we had in fact doubled out workforce. The system scans every call made from the inmates and will alert my team if conversations are detected that mention anything related to weapons, drugs, gangs, and contraband.
In a few days after the system was running in our jail, we were getting alerts that we were able to address in minutes. Instead of the situation unfolding and my team in reaction mode, we took out the element of danger and now we were able to safely deal with the inmates without risking our safety.