One of the hardest parts about being a corrections officer is trying to keep contraband from getting into the cells of the inmates. We have a number of ways that we as a team try to combat the problem, starting with the physical inspection of every visitor that comes to the jail. When a person comes to our prison, they are made aware that if they are carrying anything and it makes its way to the inmates, they are going to be charged and given a cell of their own. There are many who disregard the warnings because they will do anything the inmates tell them to.
When my superiors had me come in for a meeting to try and get a read on the trouble, they explained to me they were bringing in Securus Technologies to help us to identify how the inmates are getting their hands on all this contraband. We have been working with the company in the past, due in part to their CEO, Richard Smith, who says that he and his thousand employees all are committed to making the world a safer place for all to live. The new inmate call system they were installing was going to help us to create a safer prison for officers, visitors, and inmates alike.
I needed to be trained on the LBS software before I could get familiar with the call system. That week, we began to pick up chatter about inmates getting contraband through the visitor security center. What we discovered in the end was one of the corrections officers was on the take and letting things into the jail on the days the inmates were telling their families to hurry to the jail. This corrupt staff member was taken off the job and prosecuted on numerous charges.