The jail that I work for has taken a proactive stance on drugs in recent years like I have never seen before. Even since the no tolerance policy was implemented, it seems like even more drugs are in the jail than I can ever remember. I have been working at the visitor center and checking each person thoroughly before they come in the jail, and the amount of drugs I am finding is substantial. Even with more officers working to stop the problem, it feels like a dam that is about to explode.
In addition to watching the visitor center, we have officers do daily cell inspections and monitor all calls the inmates make. The trouble with the phone monitoring is simple, the inmates have developed a language of their own when they speak to family or friends, and those messaged are laced with instructions on how and where to get contraband into the jail. This is especially frustrating because the inmates do have the right to use the phone, so they exploit it any time they can.
Recently we had Securus Technologies send over some technicians that were going to help our team of officers get familiar with the new communications system they installed. The system was going to allow us to better monitor calls and to understand how to better pick up on conversations that were going to help us identify the sources of these illegal drugs getting in the jail.
Once I was trained on the LBS software, we began to spot opportunities to catch the bad guys in the act and then stop the flow of drugs into the jail. Each time they started a new route, we were on top of it quickly. I can say our jail is safer thanks to the system Securus Technologies installed in our facility.