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.
Towards the end of January 2017, Securus Technologies invited GTL to a tech challenge whereby an independent technology judge will select the firm that has the prime and best product set. The judge will look at aspects, such as the most innovative telephone-calling platform, unique customer service, most capital, pocket-friendly services, and other valuable metrics.
Richard A. Smith’s statement
During the technology bake-off announcement, Securus’ chief executive, Mr. Smith, said that GTL has relied on falsehoods to try to tell the world that its technology and client service are on the same level with that of Securus. Therefore, he is offering GTL a fair chance to prove its claims before an independent judge. Mr. Smith stated that Securus had invested heavily in its technology and product pipeline in the past four years. Thus, GTL cannot compete on the same level with his company. According to Mr. Smith, Securus has committed more than 700 million in firms’ acquisition, product development, upgrade of technology, and a leading customer service center in the U.S. GTL, on the other hand, has been in and out of courts. Therefore, it has only made the insignificant investment.
Securus is a technology firm that creates solutions and products with the corrections industry in mind. The Dallas-based technology hub has regional offices in Atlanta, Allen, and Carrollton. It has about 1,000 workers who manage its contracts with over 2,600 correctional agencies across the U.S. Securus also delivers technology solutions to agencies in Canada. In 2016, the firm dedicated $600 million for licensing new patents, acquiring new businesses, and upgrading its technologies.
Securus is aware of the value of variety and convenience, particularly when financing inmate telephone calls. The firm provides a series of payment product options, allowing clients to select the perfect fit for their needs. Its primary goal is to ensure family and friends are communicating regularly with incarcerated persons.