Gang violence inside the prison is worse than anyone on the outside could ever imagine. As bad as those gang members on when they are running in the streets, they pose a huge threat to me and my fellow corrections officers when we are in close quarters with them inside the jail. Those gang members who are serving lengthy or life sentences have little concern for having additional time added to their sentences for hurting an officer. To try and maintain peace, we have to take certain precautions each day.
My team of corrections officers spend a considerable amount of time each day trying to make certain drugs stay out of our jail. The reason is obvious, but it can affect so many different aspects of prison life. If an inmate can get drugs into the jail, they get high and put the entire prison population in danger. Then you have the gang leaders who force the lower-level members to sell the drugs and kick up the cash, taking all the risk while making the gang stronger.
Securus Technologies has been placing their inmate call monitoring system in thousands of jails around this country. The system enables officers to be able to listen to the inmates conversations in a way that we have never been able to do before. The LBS software will scan all the calls, virtually allowing my team to be in one place and then alerted if any chatter comes up about certain subjects. The importance of this new resource in our efforts to clean up the prison has been incredible.
Now when we hear gang members talking about ordering street thugs to bring in drugs to the visitor center, we take action. If gangs talk about using, hiding, buying, or selling drugs, now we have ears on those conversations.