Despite being inside a prison working as a corrections officer, we have our own battle against drugs that many might not even think could be so bad. We have several inmates who talk openly about how they are able to get drugs inside their cells easier than when they were running on the streets. That is something we as officers are not proud of, and we take immediate measures to try and eliminate.

 

The biggest weak spot in the jail is where we have the inmates and visitors come together. Despite several resources at our disposal, these inmates can be quite crafty when they want something from the outside. We have to have our heads in a million places to ensure nothing is being transferred, but many times it can be impossible when you are outnumbered by inmates 4:1 in most cases.

 

Securus Technologies placed the call monitoring system in our prison, and we utilize the LBS software to try and identify when inmates are doing something they should not. Eben knowing that we are listening they still slip up from time to time and give us key pieces of information that we can use to try and fight this war on drugs on several fronts.

 

Once we became familiar with the alert system, it began to isolate calls from inmates concerning drugs. We heard one inmate telling his mother how to pass the prescription drugs to him when they said goodbye in the jail. Another inmate talked quite openly about how he can buy pills from a fellow inmate and take them at night when the jail goes dark. We ever heard inmates telling their family how they are selling drugs to raise up their commissary balance. Each time the alert goes off, we strike fast to stop this war from raging on.