I am employed as a corrections office in our jail, and I see first-hand how crime can get out of hand if you are not taking proactive measures to stop it in its tracks. One thing that I have learned in my three decades in law enforcement is that you had better be coming up with things to prevent crimes because if you simply are in reaction mode all the time, it will get away from you real quick.
You might think that in a jail that the crime actually is minimal because these inmates are behind bars all the time. Ask any inmate and they will gladly tell you stories how they have an easier time getting drugs and weapons in the jail than they did on the streets. That is a huge problem because it puts me, my officers, the visitors, and all the other inmates at risk.
We try to combat crime in the jail by making sure every visitor is checked and scanned for illegal contraband. The we do surprise cell inspections to recover anything that may have slipped by, but even then, the inmates have some creative ways to keep these items from being found. Securus Technologies installed a newer inmate call system that we began monitoring to see if we could pick up conversations where the inmates were discussing crimes. This has become our top resource today.
The Securus Technologies team trained our team on the LBS software, and now we can be alerted when chatter is on the lines from inmates concerning drugs, weapons, or the arrival of other contraband. Now we get tips from those calls about who is smuggling the drugs in the visitor center, where the inmates are hiding the drugs, and who is ordering those visitors to come to the jail with drugs, cellphones, or weapons.