When a jail is overcrowded to the point that the inmates have to resort to violence to get their message across, this puts each person behind the prison walls in danger. When I got started working in our prison as a corrections officer, the jails were not yet full to capacity so we were able to a degree to keep things orderly. Now, not only are we severely outnumbered, the inmates have resorted to violent outbursts in an effort to try and get law enforcement to address their concerns.
Although we have many pieces of technology that are utilized to maintain order, one system in particular has changed the way that we can deal with violent incidents throughout this facility. Securus Technologies created a call monitoring system that has given corrections officers the unique ability to be able to not only predict what the inmates are going to do, but to intercept that activity if it is going to put anyone in the jail in harm’s way. Securus Technologies has this same inmate call system in 2,260 jails, and officers are seeing those incidents of violence significantly drop.
Securus Technologies CEO Richard Smith is making it very clear that he and all of his thousand employees of the company want to achieve their objective of making our world safe. The system has only been in operation in our facility for a month, and in that time we have seen things improve. When inmates get their time on the jail phone and ask family to sneak them prescription drugs during visiting day, we intercept. When inmates are talking about rival gang attacks, we can intercept. Even if an inmate is talking about selling drugs on the command of his gang leaders, we are able to swoop in and take the necessary action.
Chasing down wanted fugitives takes a certain degree of skill that is mixed with just a little luck from time to time. When I have exhausted all my areas of skill, hard work and persistence could put me in the right place at the right time, creating my luck in a sense. This is what we were facing with a home burglar who was going from home invasions to violent assaults on unsuspecting homeowners. It appeared that he was not pulling in the scores he needed, so each home he entered he became more violent to whoever was unlucky enough to be inside.
Even with several leads, we just were not having any luck catching up with this fugitive. The leads were usually a few days late, and when we showed up to find the suspect, he was gone. On a tip, I was told there was someone in the jail with a connection to the suspect that might break the case wide open. As I suspected, no one would talk to us in the jail. One thing that you have to understand about life in jail is that these inmates despise rats. If you are even suspected of talking to the authorities to help in a case to catch another criminal, you run the risk of now being a target in jail of abuse and violence for the rest of your time behind bars.
It was around this time that Securus Technologies installed the update inmate call system in the prison, and I wanted to learn more how it worked. I was quickly brought up to speed on the LBS software, and I wanted to see if I could get information on our suspect knowing the inmates were aware I was on the lines listening. Securus Technologies is a trusted name in this field, supplying thousands of prisons inmate call monitoring systems that help to prevent and solve crimes around the country. The CEO of Securus Technologies, Rick Smith says he and his thousand staff members are dedicated to making the world safer.
Hours after monitoring the calls, we picked up on a conversation about a local fence, someone who buys stolen goods at a discount and moves them. This person of interest was mentioned a few times because he was quick to pay and more of the criminals who had stolen goods were comfortable and trusting in him. This was a person of interest who was never on our radar before, so we knew it could be the lead that breaks the case wide open. We immediately put a tail on that fence and within days he met up with our suspect who was trying to unload his latest haul.