Each day that I show up for work at the local prison, me and my fellow corrections officers know we have to be on our game or we risk serious injury. Inmates in our prison are packed into their cells like sardines, and when those tensions flare, they often lash out at the only authority figures within arms reach. Despite me trying to show these inmates respect, they are reacting to the system and using me and my team as the punching bags.
Part of the reason we have so many violent outbursts inside our facility is because of the increased drug use. With a huge gang population behind bars, these inmates have connections inside and out of the jail, making accessing the drugs easier than it would be if they were simply on the streets again. Stopping this flow of drugs is priority one, and we do so in a number of ways each day. Part of my daily routine includes setting up a station in the visitor center where we do a physical search of every guest and inmate, ensuring nothing illegal is changing hands.
We also do cell inspections each day, searching every inch of those living quarters for anything drug related. We used to listen to the inmates on the phones too, but Securus Technologies has made that job easier for us. They installed a monitoring system to listen to the calls, and the LBS software detects certain chatter and alerts my team so we can take action instantly instead of always trying to anticipate issues.
Securus Technologies is based out of Dallas Texas, has over one thousand employees, and the team and CEO Richard Smith, are all dedicated to trying to make our world just a little safer. That system has made my job easier and is helping protect the lives of my officers.
Securus Technologies, one of the nations leading providers technology solutions for criminal justice, public safety, corrections and investigation agencies around the country. A recent article published by Securus included a number of comments from customers on how their technology was being used to prevent and solve crimes.
“We have received thousands of letters and emails regarding what we build and how what we do helps to keep society, including inmates, their families, and parolees safe. Building safety into what we do is part of our DNA – and that is an honor for us to protect and serve,” said Richard A. Smith, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Securus Technologies.
One comment came from a prison official thanking Securus for their help in gathering evidence that was used to obtain a search warrant for a corrupt staff member that led to that individual being arrested. Another comment explained how calls were monitored and this led to information on a number of illegal activity going on at the facility including the sale of drugs, drug use in the facility, inmate alcohol use, threats and a past incident where shots were fired.
Other testimonials explained how Securus Technologies is continually coming up with new solutions to the problems they face. “Once a week on average, we develop a new product or service that helps law enforcement and corrections officials to solve and prevent crimes” said Smith.
“For well over a decade now, our correctional facility has relied upon the technology solutions offered by Securus. It is encouraging to see that our vendor of choice is committed to both revolutionizing the incarceration environment and progressively helping us to improve public safety in our jurisdiction.” one testimonial stated.
These testimonials from Securus customers show that Securus is committed to keeping up with the growing challenges that technology presents to corrections facilities.