The problem that we have in our state prison is violence against inmates has escalated to the point that now corrections officers are being targeted. With more gang members filling up the jail, these younger and more violent members want to prove to their brothers they have what it takes, so lashing out at the only authority figures within arms reach is how things are playing out. To try and get back some degree of order, my superiors reached out to Securus Technologies to see if their call monitoring system would be something that could benefit officers.
What we discovered after speaking with Securus Technologies was that their telephone monitoring system would not only protect officers from violence, it would make the entire facility safer for staff, guests, and the inmates themselves. The company has developed a new type monitoring system that will utilize the LBS software to scan all calls and identify if any conversations need closer monitoring. The software can alert officers instantly if an inmate is on the phone discussing a drug transactions, a gang hit, or where a weapon might be hidden in the yard.
Securus Technologies CEO, Richard Smith. mentioned that this same system was already in over 2,400 prison systems and helping curb violence among other things. Now it was our turn, so we learned the system and were shocked at the results. That very first week the alert came down to my team about one new inmate complaining to his friend on the phone the gangs have their hooks in him and are forcing him to sell drugs for them. Another call we discovered a hit was put out on a gang member who was caught using drugs he should be selling.
Now that Securus Technologies has the system running in our facility, each week we reduce violent episodes one at a time now.