When I signed on to be a corrections officer in the local jail, back all those years ago it was a different job. Back then the inmates had more respect for authority and we could interact on a professional level because the inmates knew that we didn’t have anything to do personally with them being in that position. Today, overcrowded cells, gangs, drugs, and weapons, have made working in the same jail a serious battle. These inmates are younger, they are bolder, and they will do anything to win favor with the other gang members, often putting officers right in the line of fire for sake of credibility.
In order to try and control the explosion in violence, my team of officers must walk that fine line when interacting with inmates. On one hand, we offer them the respect and courtesy we would like in return, but then on the other hand, we have to know at any second they could snap and put us all in harm’s way. One of the ways that we work to make it safer for all in the jail is by reducing the amount of drugs that get into our facility. Drugs of any nature can put an inmate in a different frame of mind and give them the chance to really hurt another individual, whether that be guest, officer, or other inmates.
Securus Technologies was instrumental at helping officers in my jail to stop drugs from getting inside. The company is based in Dallas, and they already have their call monitoring systems in thousands of other prisons. The LBS software can do the work of an entire police force, scanning calls the inmates make for any chatter on drugs or contraband. Now while we are patrolling the jail, we spring to action whenever the LBS system sends us alerts.