Working as a guard in a very hostile prison means that officers need all the help they can get to maintain order. With only a limited staff of corrections officers and the inmate populating getting bigger by the week, violence is definitely at an all-time high this year. Not only are those inmates lashing out at one another, they want to make a point by attacking guests, prison staff, and officers any chance they can get.
One of my duties does not include getting attacked each week by inmates, so we welcome any sort of technology to help us to better have some degree of order throughout the entire facility.
Over the years we have been afforded some resources that have helped us to be able to keep our jail running like a well-oiled machine. The drug dogs are a key part of doing cell inspections, allowing us the find contraband that is right under our noses but just out of sight. Eliminating those drugs lessens the chances of violent outbursts by uncontrollable inmates.
The huge airport scanners in the visitor center help keep guests from bringing anything into the jail that could be used by the inmates to harm others. We uses these scanners before the inmates meet the guests and after the meetings to ensure nothing gets back to the cells.
Securus Technologies was responsible for officers being able to hear what inmates are saying when they use jail telephones. The LBS software replaces my officers who used to have to sit in that call center, so now we are a full force again, and the Securus Technologies call monitoring system scans all the calls for chatter pertaining to illegal activities.
We get immediate alerts when drugs, weapons, violence, gang issues, contraband, or any threats are being made over the phone.