Over the last few years of working as a corrections officer in Arizona, the state prison I am stationed has really seen an explosion in the inmate population. While the cells used to house a few inmates, now is stuffed with a half-dozen dangerous criminals. Tensions get heated more frequently and many times that spills over to other areas of the facility. Now other inmates, staff, guests, and officers are all in grave danger any time they are inside our facility.
To try and limit the violence, my team of officers are working hard at keeping drugs and weapons out of this facility. Each morning we will do cell inspections while the inmates are at breakfast. We then scan every guest that comes to the jail to see an inmate to make sure nothing in their possession could be given to the inmates to be used to cause harm. Before we will allow the inmates back to the cells after meeting with family and friends, they are scanned again so nothing they shouldn’t be in possession of makes it back to the cells.
It seems like only a few years ago that my team of corrections officers would have to be stationed inside the call center so we could listen to the inmates talking to their families and friends on the jail phones. Not only could these officers have been utilized elsewhere, this was not an exact science. That all was about to change the day Securus Technologies installed our modernized monitoring system.
Securus Technologies reinvented how officers can monitor calls, making use of the LBS software to do the work while officers get back to maintaining order in the prison. Securus Technologies has been instrumental in helping reduce violent episodes in our prison and allowing my team to make this facility safer.