In order to understand how important Securus Technologies is to prison safety, it is important to look at the conditions today compared to only a few years ago. As a prison guard, I have see the incidents of violence in our prison escalate at an alarming rate in the last few years. I can remember a time not too long ago where we could walk among the inmate population and actually converse like respectful adults. Today, these new generation gangsters will cut your throat if given the chance.
Part of the reason the inmates are so violent these days has to be attributed to a number of factors. Perhaps the biggest factor has to be overcrowding. These inmates have zero privacy anymore, packed in their cells form hours a day with six to a small space, and then stuck in the mess hall or the yard with thousands of men who are itching to just have some normalcy. If these men are able to get access to drugs, they can go from a controlled individual to one that will snap in the blink of an eye.
How does Securus Technologies come into the mix?
Securus Technologies developed a telephone monitoring system that is able to scan dozens of calls without a live officer needed. This not only frees up my staff, the LBS software can be more accurate and alert officers if there are incidents that need to be addressed. Here are some of the things that we were able to take care of this week:
The system gave my team an alert when one inmate was bragging to his sister how he was getting high in his cell each night. We got another alert when an inmate told his sister to hide her Xanax pills in her bra and pass to him at the visitor center.