I am currently employed as a corrections officer in the most violent prison in the state of Illinois. Each year the jail gets more crowded, the inmates get more violent, and the incidents with injuries and officers is on the rise. The combination of illegal drugs, weapons, and gangs, creates a volatile mix that puts me and my fellow officers right in the line of fire every minute we are in the jail working. Any advantage we can get on the inmates helps to create a safer working environment for us and safer living quarters for the inmates.
With overcrowded conditions in the jail a serious concern, it doesn’t take much for tensions to flare and inmates to get violent. many times if they can not take out their aggression on the intended target, they will lash out at officers working inside the jail. If they are high on drugs or have weapons in their possession me and my fellow offers are literally defenseless.
To help stay save while keeping the inmates from getting out of line, we recently put in a call to Securus Technologies to help with our dated inmate call monitoring system. Securus Technologies is a Dallas-based company that is trusted in the law enforcement industry for providing state-of-the-art software for monitoring inmates on the prison phones. The LBS software is designed to allow officers to address jail concerns while it scans all the phone call simultaneously and listens for certain chatter.
The monitoring system alerts officers now when an inmate is asking family to smuggle in drugs by way of the visitor center. The system alerts us if inmates are taking orders from gang leaders outside jail to perform a hit or sell drugs to raise money for the cause. Each alert allows us to get in front of a potentially dangerous situation.