When you work inside the most dangerous and crowded prison on the west coast, you need every advantage on your side to keep order with the inmates. There are many inmates in this facility that are doing life sentences, and they would jump at the chance to hurt an officer or another inmate. Each day that me and my fellow officers comes to work could be our last, so we are always looking for ways to maintain order and keep the facility as safe as it can be.
During the day, we perform several tasks that are designed to help control the flow of contraband in the jail. When you keep things like drugs and weapons out of the hands of the inmates, they are less likely to do harm to another. We perform full body searches whenever a visitor is coming to see one of the inmates. We make sure nothing can change hands during that visit. We perform cell inspections each day, looking for anything that doesn’t belong. We check the mail and listen to inmate calls to see if everything is as it should be.
When Securus Technologies installed our new inmate telephone monitoring system, we discovered that we not only had a new resource in our efforts to maintain safety, it was like we added a half-dozen officers to the staff. The LBS software can do the work of a number of officers, always monitoring calls for any verbiage that needs our attention. The CEO of Securus Technologies, Rick Smith, has placed these systems in over 2,400 jails around the country and talks about how his employees have the objective of making our world safe.
Since we began using the monitoring system, we have reduced violent episodes, removed thousands of dollars of drugs from the jail, and confiscated weapons hidden on the property.