One of the things that me and my fellow corrections officers spend a great deal of our time in the jail addressing is drug usage. Even a very calm and quiet inmate who recently tried cocaine, crack, or heroin, could go from easy to detain to impossible to control. We have had instances where a larger inmate using heroin in the jail took over six officers just to get him detained. Not only are these inmates who use drugs a danger to themselves, they put my team, the staff, other inmates, and all the visitors in harm’s way as well.
In an effort to keep the drugs out of the hands of the inmates, me and my fellow officers will go through a number of daily routines that are designed to clean up our facility. We will check all incoming mail for any traces of contraband. We will search inmate cells for things that do not belong. We will search inmates and guests when they enter the visitor center. We will even listen to the inmates on the phone in case they are discussing ways to access drugs.
When Securus Technologies installed that call monitoring system in our facility, we didn’t realize how effective it would be in controlling drugs getting to our jail. The LBS software allows officers to be in two places at the same time, while it closely monitors calls for any verbiage we input. Now when the inmates are asking family to bring drugs, talking about when they use drugs, or how they hide drugs, we can take swift action to make sure we eliminate as many of these threats as we possibly can.
This year we have slowed down the flow of drugs in the jail to where it has become more manageable and we see less instances of violence related to drug use.