Using Securus Technologies to Monitor Gang Activity

I work in a prison where the gang population has exploded in recent years. The problem has gotten so bad that we have had to not only identify the gang affiliation of each inmate, we have to separate them inside the jail according to the gangs they are representing. If we did not do this, the gangs would simply kill each other behind bars, putting prison staff and other inmates right in the line of fire. We have decided to offer the gangs a degree of respect in exchange for order inside this facility.

 

In order to try and keep the peace, we have to be in a position to keep things like drugs, cellphones, and weapons out of the hands of those inmates. Some gang members are serving lengthy sentences, and hurting or killing another person adds nothing to a life sentence, so they have no deterrent. In this case, we have to be aggressively trying to keep the peace, and we do that a number of ways.

 

Some days we will do detailed cell searches for anything the inmates could be hiding that should not be in their possession. We have officers who will check the mail to inmates, looking for drugs or information about potential crimes. We utilize the Securus Technologies call monitoring system to be able to listen to these inmates on the phones too. Despite them knowing we are listening, many think they can outsmart the LBS software by talking in riddles or code.

 

Already this month, thanks to the Securus Technologies monitoring system, we have discovered how inmates are getting drugs by the guards in the visitor center. We have discovered where weapons are being hidden in the yard, and who is ordering other inmates to sell drugs to kick money up to the top of the gang hierarchy.

 

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