To explain how violent it can be inside our local jail, you would really have to wear my shoes for a day. The minute I walk into the prison, I am at risk of danger from inmates who have little reason to be deterred any more due to lengthy sentences and overcrowded conditions. It is not a lost cause because we recently discovered that we can use the advances of Securus Technologies to help lock-down prison security.
Imagine if you will what conditions inside this jail are like for the inmates, regardless of what crimes they have committed. In the past we would have only a few inmates per cell, and when they are out of their cells you could safely walk the yard or the mess hall. Today, there are a dozen men crammed in a tiny cell, and the yard and mess hall look like a outdoor concert. Each one of those inmates could be either high on drugs or possess a weapon, and we walk within striking distance all day long.
We count on Securus Technologies to reduce violent episodes by helping us to get drugs and weapons out of the jail before they can be used to harm others. The LBS software is an incredible piece of equipment that not only hears every word the inmates are saying, it can free up man-power that normally would have to listen to the inmates using the house phones.
Securus Technologies has a headquarters in Dallas, and already installed thousands of their telephone monitoring systems around the states. To give you an example of how effective the software is, this week we intercepted a call where an inmate was talking to his family about them sneaking prescription drugs to him at the visitor center. Before they met, we isolated the family and confiscated all the contraband.