I work in a jail that houses some of the most violent offenders in the country. When a suspect is convicted of murder, armed robberies, and gang violence, they are sent to our prison. There’s not a day that I go to work that I am not in danger for my lie as these inmates would love nothing more than taking me out. These inmates hate authority, and the fact they are in the jail with nothing but time on their hands makes for a very troubling mix. They have all the time in the day to sit and contemplate ways to make things challenging for me and my fellow officers.
We had a very troubling situation on our hands this month. A convicted criminal was still in his cell but word was coming down from my superiors that unless solid evidence was found concerning his last violent crimes, that they may have to let him back on the streets. This inmate would simply hide in his cell around the clock so as to not get into any altercations that could increase his sentence. We received a visit from a fugitive task force that were telling us that all witnesses to the crime were either dead or not talking, and unless we could find a willing informant, that the city was about to get that much more dangerous when he was released.
We turned the team on to the fact Securus Technologies installed a new inmate call monitoring system in our prison. Securus Technologies is installed in over 2,500 prisons around the country, and the CEO Richard Smith says his Dallas-based company has the objective of making our world safer.
Hours after listening to the inmates, we got an alert the inmate was on the phone with his sister, pleading with her to take care of some important matters. After surveillance of the house, we discovered she was ordered to hide the evidence we needed to keep this suspect in jail.