Officers Using Securus Technologies to Keep the Prison Safe

There are a number of ways that me and my fellow corrections officers keep the jail safe for inmates, visitors, and the staff. We work hard at the visitor center to ensure no one is getting into the prison with contraband that can be given to the inmates. Even with a heavy force of officers, these inmates still manage to get the items they want to cause trouble for me and my team.

 

Even though we have moderate success with surprise cell inspections, we were about to discover a new resource in the fight against inmate violence from the least likely of places. Securus Technologies finished installing a newer inmate phone call system for officers to monitor all the calls out of the prison. What I wasn’t aware of was how incredibly powerful the new system was, being able to do the work of several officers while being able to locate specific conversation across a number of calls.

 

Securus Technologies is run by CEO Rick Smith, and his Dallas-based company has over a thousand employees all working toward one goal, making the world a safer place to live for everyone. That is exactly what we needed, and we put the system to use that first day after being trained on the LBS software. The results even surprised the most seasoned of officers.

 

No sooner did we start monitoring the inmate calls, we uncovered information that was extremely helpful. There was references to certain visitors bringing in drugs, which we stopped. There was calls about family members putting drugs in inmate letters, we intercepted them and confiscated them. On one occasion we even heard two inmates talking about how they were using drugs in their cell after lights out, which we stopped by doing a surprise cell inspection to find the drugs.

 

Enjoying Christmas Morning

When you think about Christmas, you probably think about the fun and excitement that children share with their parents, siblings and other family members. When one parent is in jail, it’s hard to find a reason to celebrate. Thanks to Securus, a communications system that many jails use so that inmates can call home, parents can now share in the joy of the holiday.

 

Securus now offers a video calling system that lets parents place a call home by using a video camera instead of a phone. The receiver has to have access to a camera as well. This allows the parent to see the child on Christmas morning. It’s a chance for the parent to see the child open presents, look in a stocking or simply have a presence in the room while the child is enjoying the day. It’s important for children to have parents involved in special moments as these are the times that they will remember. When a parent isn’t there in some way, it can be a sad time, and it can sometimes make the child wonder if the parent will ever be home.

 

Securus has stepped up to the plate to make it easier with the video calls that can be made. The company understands that it’s important for families to stay together.