Although our jail has some of the most dangerous gangs in the country, we work tirelessly as officers to make sure each inmate is afforded a safe environment to do their time. If unchecked, the gang leaders would use soldiers that have life sentences and nothing to lose to hand down their own form of justice. We cannot let the inmates have that much control, especially on inmates with minimal sentences who just want to do their time and get out as quickly as possible.
So my day at the prison usually consists of two main functions. The first thing I do is get right on the front lines and I personally meet with every visitor that comes into the prison. They need to go through a number of metal detectors and x-ray devices, but sometimes things get by that I have personally discovered on my own. Even with that type of security, items make it to the inmates.
Next, I am on cell inspection duty, looking over every inch of the inmate cells unannounced to see if I can find any contraband that could put other inmates or my team at risk. This surprise inspection do bear fruit, but the inmates have developed unique communication techniques to warn each other minutes before we make our announcement.
I have even monitored inmate to inmate calls and picked up on key discussions that have helped, but it wasn’t until we brought in Securus Technologies to update the communication system for inmates that I made my biggest advances. Now the system helps to alert me when there are situations that need my attention so I can nip trouble in the bud before anyone on my staff is assaulted or one of the inmates is targeted by the leaders of a rival gang.