Drugs in prison put everyone in immediate danger from the visitors to my staff of corrections officers. Trying to stop the flow of drugs can be very challenging because the inmates are always looking to push the boundaries and to try new ways to get the contraband that they need. Other than increasing the amount of officers on duty, there was little we could do to identify who and how was responsible for the increase in drug flow to the inmates.
There is only so much an officer can do to keep drugs out of the jail. We have a strong police presence in the visitor center, and every person much go through a search before seeing an inmate. We check every piece of mail coming into the jail for any type of contraband. We even do surprise cell inspections to try and locate anything illegal the inmates are trying to hide.
Our superiors informed me and my team that this month we were going to have an additional resource in our efforts to stop drugs from getting to the jail. Securus Technologies was installing a new inmate call monitoring system that would enable us to listen more intently to when the inmates were on the telephone. Little did we know how valuable a resource this was going to be.
Securus Technologies is currently operating in over 2,600 prison systems, and their CEO Rick Smith says his thousand employees all work towards the objective of making the world a safer place for each of us to be living. That first week we heard chatter on the system concerning inmates sharing drugs in their cells, how inmates were in receipt of drugs, and how they hid the drugs inside their cells once they are able to get it from the outside.