Drugs that get into the hands of inmates in my jail pose a whole set of dangerous situations. Me and my fellow corrections officers need to always be on our game because even one incident of an inmate getting high on the wrong drugs could put us in a life and death battle with the inmate. If an inmate tried heroin for the first time and already has a violent nature, they could go on a deadly rampage and hurt more then themselves, risking the lives of officers, staff, inmates, and visitors.
To combat the drug problem in our prison, we start each day with inspections of inmate cells. Then we check the mail for drugs, listen to inmates make calls, and check them when they have guests inside the visitor center. That is where the inmates get up close with their guests, and where the possibility of drugs changing hands exists. Despite all these efforts, inmates will still comment that they were in fact able to get drugs inside the jail with little issue.
To stop the drug problem, we employed the help of Securus Technologies. They installed a modernized inmate call monitoring system that is able to do the work of several corrections officers. The LBS software will scan the calls and identify if an inmate is talking about a certain topic, then alert the officers immediately so they can take the appropriate action. This has transformed our ability to find drugs and stop the flow of them into the jail.
Now that we get alerts about drugs, we have heard calls where inmates were bragging how easy it was to get prescription drugs in the visitor center, how they hide the drugs, and when they can use the drugs undetected. Each call gives us a chance to take swift action.