Working in a very busy and crowded jail is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. The inmates do not like authority figures, and they will wait for the right moment when we put down our guard and come at us. Many inmates are not a problem until they are in possession of contraband, then they simply become raging animals. Part of my duties to is do everything possible to keep drugs out of the jail and the hands of our inmates.
The best resource that we had was the equipment in the visitor center. Each person that walked into the jail would be physically searched and then had to walk through a number of scanners to see if they were bringing anything to the jail they should not. This has been a deterrent in the past, but these inmates have become very creative in how they get what they need behind the prison walls.
Another resource we just started getting used to working with was the updated Securus Technologies call monitoring system. This company is run by CEO Richard Smith, and is already installed in over 2,000 jails around the country. The employees working for this Dallas-based company all have one objective, making this world safe for everyone, and we have been putting that to the test ever since we got trained on the LBS software.
One day we were listening to the inmates when we discovered a pattern that peaked my interest. Several inmates were telling family to be sure to see a certain corrections officer at the visitor center when they arrived. After watching more closely, we discovered we had a corrupt staff member on the team who was talking cash for turning a blind eye when certain family members tried to get to see their family on the inside.