We consider our jail to be one of the safest in the country, and when there is trouble in the jail we work tirelessly to uncover the source of the problem. We had a real problem on our hands this time and we were unable to uncover what was the source. Our inmates were coming into drugs that we knew were impossible to get into the facility without outside help. Drugs in the jail make it a very dangerous situation for all. If an inmate is high on something like heroin, they become superhuman and now it takes several officers to contain him when in the past it would take one.
The first thing that we did was to step up our security at the visitor center, to see if a visitor was bringing the drugs into the jail. Despite a huge police presence and the threat of jail time to anyone caught bringing drugs to jail, we could not find the source of the problem. We ran each visitor through the x-ray machines and also gave them full body searches, but something was not right. We decided to lighten up our efforts to give the source the appearance we had moved on, but we had a secret weapon at our disposal.
Securus Technologies recently installed a new inmate call monitoring system that we were going to be trained on and use as quickly as possible. This company has call systems in over 2,600 jails and the staff of 1,000 are dedicated to helping make the world a safer place for us all to live. My team of three officers were very tight, so we took turns monitoring the system that first day.
After listening to calls for days, the system picked up on chatter from a gang member in the jail talking about how his family should enter the visitor center. The visitors do not need any help getting into the jail, we make it clear each day how and where they are to travel. When these inmates were giving specific instructions about seeing a certain officer, we had our lead. This was strange to say the least, so we monitored that family and discovered that a corrupt staff member was the ultimate source of all the problems with prescriptions drugs getting into the jail. The officer was removed from his position and the jail was instantly that much safer.