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Why Securus Technologies and the Local Prison Work Well Together

When I started working as a corrections officer in our state prison, times were much different than they are today. Only a decade ago, the inmates basically ran the prison, and even though we had to manually monitor the phone calls they made, it was difficult to stay ahead of the violence. Today, thanks to the efforts of Securus Technologies, me and my fellow officers now have the ability to stamp out violence before the inmates can put anyone in harm’s way.

 

The reason that our facility partnered with Securus Technologies is because they have their inmate call monitoring system already in thousands of jails, and it is the key for officers to stop the inmates from getting out of line and putting everyone behind those walls at risk of injury. The CEO, Richard Smith, says that Securus Technologies has become such an important tool for officers in the effort to maintain safety because all Securus Technologies are working to make this world safer for everyone.

 

In the past, the inmates could use the phone system in the jail to reach out to those on the outside to instruct them how to smuggle in goods, get word to other parties, or conduct other illegal activities. With the LBS software, me and my fellow officers not get an alert as the monitoring system is carefully screening every second of every call, putting us in position to stay ahead of any incidents.

 

This year alone, we have stopped a large shipment of heroin from getting smuggled in because of a call we picked up on. The software detected an inmate was looking to get a weapon, and we intercepted that weapon at the gate. The software even alerted us to gang orders to attack a rival member in the yard, which we took care of.

 

Working with Securus Technologies in Fighting Dangerous Crimes

There is an upsurge in violent crimes in our city, and whenever this happens, my fugitive task force is called in to take suspects into custody before they can commit any other crimes. We had a very troubling situation on our hands this month because the two suspects we were hunting were part of a gang that had a violent history with police. If we were going to locate these suspects, we were going to need to do so quickly before they could tunnel out of sight.

 

These two fugitives were not only carjacking innocent people, they would do whatever necessary to feed a very costly drug addiction. If they needed cash, a vehicle, shelter, or drugs, they would use their weapons on the unfortunate residents who wound up being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is near impossible to get help from informants when gangs are involved, so we took our team to the local jail to rattle some cages.

 

With a huge population of gang members in jail, we knew that all we needed to do was make our presence known, and someone would start talking. Securus Technologies was responsible for putting the inmate call system in the jail, and it was going to be listening to the inmates on the phones when they ran to call their family or fellow gang-bangers after our visit.

 

Like clockwork, the lower-level gang members were on the phone to their friends, trying to warn them we were hunting them all down. Each time we heard chatter on our suspects, we began to paint a picture as to where they could be hiding. It didn’t take long for us to be able to set up a surveillance team at a safe house and take them down without incident in the middle of the night.