My job in the local jail is keeping any type of contraband out of the hands of the prisoners. I have a number of ways that I try to stay one step ahead of the inmates, but because they have so much time on their hands, they are able to come up creative ways to game the system.
I start my search for drugs and other contraband by being on the front lines at the visitor section. Even though we spot many people who bring things into the jail, some still manage to get through.
We do daily surprise inspections of the inmate cells, and this yields an abundance of other contraband. Even with these two lines of defense, the contraband is still readily available to inmates.
Although we had minimal results with monitoring inmate calls, it was still another resource we made use of daily. It wasn’t until Securus Technologies installed a new inmate communication system that we were able to really blow the roof off this problem.
Once I was trained on the LBS software, I decided to really put the system to the test and monitor the calls for a week. One issue we were aware of is that the inmates have their own vocabulary, so they can be directing someone on the outside to bring i drugs right under our noses.
One day, while using the new inmate communication system, I picked up on some conversations about gang leaders saying the outside soldiers needed to come to the jail and take certain actions. It was uncovered that a certain corrections officer was being bribed by the gang, and he would allow this contraband in the jail by turning a blind eye. This system was vital for helping us arrest one of our own and keep drugs out of the jail.