As a corrections officers of over two decades, I know that inmates will do or try just about anything to get the things they need inside their cells. These inmates will find ways to get drugs, cellphones, or weapons in the jail despite our best efforts to stop the flow of contraband. In all the years I have been employed by the prison, this year we saw the biggest increase in drug usage, in fact, inmates will openly talk about how it is easier to get drugs in jail today than when they were on the street.
In an effort to try and stop drugs in our prison, our superiors contacted Securus Technologies to install a new inmate phone call monitoring system. Our old system was dated and not that effective, so we were all excited about the idea of being able to lighten out load and focus efforts elsewhere as the monitoring system did the work of a handful of officers.
Securus Technologies CEO Rick Smith, says his system is already in thousands of prisons and his entire staff works toward one goal of making the world a safer place for us all to live. This Dallas-based company had a stellar reputation, so we were excited to get working on the process.
During our first week using the new call monitoring system, we discovered inmates were getting drugs past the guards in the visitor centers in a number of creative ways. On one call, we heard chatter about inmates not only using drugs in their cells, but where they were hiding the drugs to keep them secure. After we discovered how the inmates were getting things into the jail, we would simply cut off that avenue and just make it that much harder for them to get their hands of that contraband.