Gang violence in our prison has been on the rise for may years. The trouble is that the jail is getting more crowded, and the inmates are having to share close quarters with one another, and rival gangs simply do not mix well with others. My job as a corrections officer in this jail is to maintain order so that the inmates can do their time without having to make life difficult for us all.
The one thing we focus our efforts on daily is making sure that we keep drugs out of the hands of the inmates. To do this successfully, we start each day by doing surprise cell inspections for contraband. Despite it irritating the inmates, it helps to keep things out of their hands that they can use to hurt one another. Then we focus on the visitor center, doing physical searches of every visitor and inmate during the visits. Anything that we can take out of the equation here will go a long way in making life easier for all behind these prison walls.
We also make use of the inmate call monitoring system that was recently installed in the prison by Securus Technologies. This Dallas-based company is headed by Richard Smith, and his employees are all working toward the goal of helping to make the world a little safer for everyone. If the inmates are talking on the phones about drugs, the LBS software will pick up that chatter and alert us to take action.
This year we have heard inmates talking on the phone about how drugs can be bought in the yard, where the drugs are hidden in cells, and which gang members are bringing drugs to the jail to pass to the other gang members. We take immediate action each time to make things safer around here.