How We Use the Securus Technologies System to Find Contraband

One of my duties as a corrections officer in a crowded and dangerous prison is to try and keep all contraband out of the hands of the inmates. Even a small amount of illegal drugs could allow the inmates to become violent to the point that they are a danger to themselves, other inmates, officers, and even the visitors. We do have a number of resources we use each day to try and slow down the flow of drugs into our facility.


The first thing we do each day is surprise cell inspections all out the jail. The inmates have no idea if we are coming back in a day, week, or month, we mix up those inspections around the jail. The we focus on the visitor center, hoping to intercept anything that is passed from the people on the outside to the inmates. We even take great efforts to check all the mail coming into the jail for any traces of drugs.


One other resource that we have in our attempts to rid the jail of contraband is the inmate telephone monitoring service that was installed by Securus Technologies. The company objective is simple, making the world safe for everyone, and we trust they know what they are doing. The LBS software is capable of being able to detect chatter on any subject, so we use it daily to scan for anything related to drugs in our facility.


Once we understood how the software operated, it was easy to pick up chatter on certain drug-related terms. We get hits daily now concerning inmates talking about drugs being brought into the visitor center, where they hide drugs, even how drugs can be turned to liquid and used to coat letters that are mailed to inmates. Each instance, we simply send a team to take care of the issue and move on.


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