When you work in a prison that has a high population of gangs, it can be a daily struggle to keep crime levels down. Even when we separate the different gangs to separate areas of the jail, when the order comes down to attack, these gangs will stop at nothing to follow the orders of the gang leaders. The efforts we used to curb violence in the past just were not seeing the results any longer.

 

To stop the violence, we tried to eliminate weapons coming into the jails by stepping up our searches of visitors. These visitors would be subjected to body searches and x-ray scans in order to see inmates. We would do surprise inspections of the inmate’s cells to see if we could recover things they could use to hurt one another. The trouble we have is these inmates have become very good at making and concealing weapons right in plain sight.

 

We were about to get a huge break in our efforts to stop the violence between gangs. Securus Technologies installed a new inmate call system in our jail that was going to really put a huge wrench in the works for inmates looking to hurt others. Our staff was trained to use the LBS software, and we used this training each day to monitor calls between high-ranking gang members who would use the phones the same time each day. These calls used to be impossible to decipher, but today, we are able to identify chatter about which inmates are ordered to hurt others, where the weapons are stashed, and exactly when the assault is to take place.

 

With the help of the Securus Technologies call system, we have completely caught these gangs by surprise and simple remove the players before they can do harm to others.

 

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