I am currently employed at a local jail and one of my responsibilities is keeping drugs out of the hands of the inmates. You might think that being in a maximum security jail that it would be near impossible for these inmates to get their hands on drugs, but that is far from the case. in fact, these inmates openly talk about how they can get their hands on drugs easier behind bars than they can if they were out on the streets.
The biggest problem that I have trying to locate the source of the latest drug problem is that inmates are usually very tight-lipped about the traffic. Although there are a few informants, they usually are not near the top of the chain where all the decision making is made about who and how the drugs get inside. Most of the time, gangs will use a mule on the outside who will risk their own freedom to get the drugs in to the inmates.
Recently we had contacted Securus Technologies to install a new inmate communication system. This would not only give us the ability to monitor their conversations more closely, we could break the code on many of the cryptic messages they handed down from gang leader to soldiers. After my training with the LBS software, I was ready to finally crack the code and figure out who was giving the orders and how the drugs were making it to my jail.
It was not a week after learning the software that I got a huge break. Messages revealed that there was a corrupt corrections office who was allowing specific people into the jail carrying the bigger loads. Once we identified and arrested the officer, the flow of drugs took a huge turn for the worse thanks to Securus Technologies.