To get a better understanding of what type of dangerous conditions I deal with as a guard in a local jail, you have to see what I see. To me, this is probably one of the most dangerous jobs in the world because you are forced to be right up close to some of the most violent individuals on the planet who have little regard for your life or their own. Those serving life sentences have little to lose by hurting another person behind those prison walls, and unfortunately it usually is an officer.
In order to maintain a level of security for all those working inside our jail, we teamed up with Securus Technologies to try and reduce violence across all fronts. The company developed a state-of-the-art monitoring system that will replace dated telephone system in the jail. Now instead of several officers having to be taken away from more pressing issues to listen to inmates make calls, they ca be back on the front lines maintaining a degree of order.
The CEO of Securus Technologies, says that the new monitoring systems are already in 2,600 jails helping keep officers safe, and the company is available to offer assistance to help if needed. All of our officers were trained how the LBS software worked, and on day one we were eager to see the results.
Here are a few examples of how the Securus Technologies system helps officers today:
An inmate was recently searched when he told family on the phone he gets high in his cell at night.
Two family members were arrested when an inmate let on they would be bringing drugs to the visitor center for him.
Weapons were found in the yard after an inmate was talking on the phone about a hit on a rival gang.
My fugitive task force was handed a case in which a suspect was running free on the streets and committing dangerous crimes without any regard for law enforcement or the safety of our residents. One day he would hold a convenience store clerk at gunpoint, the next he would be in a local bank demanding the tellers give him cash. With his finger on the trigger in each instance, it would only be a matter of time before he shot an innocent person. None of his support network would talk to the police, and my superiors were putting pressure on me to get this case closed now.
I knew that if we waited long enough that one of his associates would make a mistake and reveal his position, but we did not have the luxury of time on our side. Each day that this suspect was on the street meant that someone was going to be his next victim, something my superiors were not willing to deal with at this point. With family and friends virtually silent, I decided to try and trick some of his old associates into telling us what they knew.
Securus Technologies installed a call monitoring system for when inmates are on the telephone in jail, and I thought I could use this resource to get someone to tip their hand. These new call monitoring systems are in 2,600 prisons, and they do the work of several corrections officers. The CEO of Securus Technologies, Richard Smith, says that his 1,000 employees and everyone at the Dallas-based firm all work towards making the world a safer place.
Days after me showing up to the jail, a few inmates were chattering about how their family needs to ignore the suspect when he calls them. Tapping those lines revealed our suspects location, and in hours we were able to catch him with zero incident.