Inside the prison that I work as a corrections officer we are fighting our own war on drugs each day. Normally calm inmates turn into raging animals if they take the wrong drugs or too much of one particular drug. The alarming thing for corrections officers is that these inmates tell us that they have easier access to these drugs right inside the jail than they would if they were back on the streets. To limit the flow of these drugs into the hands of the inmates, we have to make use of a few resources.
Inside the visitor center, we have several scanning devices we can use to look for any types of contraband that may be changing hands inside the jail. The goal here is to get the contraband before it gets to the inmates, but many times this is easier said than done. If we suspect a serious problem, we will then utilize surprise cell inspections to try and clean up anything that may have slipped by.
Securus Technologies is responsible for the call monitoring system in our jail, and it is one of the more powerful resources we have in the war on drugs behind prison walls. The call monitoring system allows us to listen to the inmates on the phone, and the new LBS software is capable of doing the work of many officers and allowing us to fight on multiple fronts at the same time.
When the monitoring system does alert us, we discover places the inmates are hiding drugs and how they are receiving those drugs too. We have been alerted to calls where inmates were giving orders how to smuggle drugs to family, what days to come, and even where in the prison these inmates have been hiding the drugs from officers.
I am currently working in law enforcement and specialize in the fugitive task force. These suspects are extremely dangerous, and getting them into the jails as quickly as possible is something that will benefit the entire community and state. My job has been getting harder over the years as these suspects have gotten help from local gangs to keep them on the run and help them to escape the long arm of the law.
We used to be able to monitor family and friends of the suspect, but with the help of the gang, they could be hiding in a number of places without us ever knowing. These gang members on the lowest levels are always trying to impress the leaders, so if they can frustrate the police and keep a dangerous felon on the streets, they feel like they are earning street credibility.
Our latest weapon against these fugitives is inside the jail if you can believe that. When Securus Technologies, and CEO Rick Smith, decided to work with our prison to install the latest in inmate phone systems, we were excited to get on board. Securus Technologies is based out of Texas, and the 1,000 employees are working hard towards one objective, keeping the world safer for all of us.
I was trained to use the system and the LBS software, and right away I began to see results. These gang leaders that are still conducting business from jail need to communicate to the gang members on the street, so they think using the phones is a matter of simply coding their terminology.
In the past, this was frustrating for my team, but today we can decipher those codes more easily. We are now able to figure out what the inmates are saying about hiding fugitives, getting them a new identity, and helping to transport them out of the country and away from the law.
People who have either personally experienced the prison systems, or had their loved ones in the correctional facilities will tell you that it hasn’t always been easy to communicate with and get other services to the people on the inside. That was until five years ago when private companies started getting contracts to supply these services, and enterprises like Securus have managed to create technologies that track, monitor and allow for inmate communication in the correctional facilities, making the places more secure. The efforts that Securus has been making for the past five years are finally bearing fruit because the company just won an award at the 11th edition of the Gold Stevie award.
The awards were held on the 24th of February in Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas. There were more than 600 businesses and executives who attended the event. This year, more than 2,000 nominations were sent in, which was a 10 percent increase from the previous year’s number. The awards were presented to more than 53 winners in different categories.
While accepting the award on behalf of the company, the Senior Vice President of Operations at Securus stated that the firm felt deeply honored to have been considered for the award. He added that since the company had been set up, they had decided that they would not compromise on the quality of service they would offer their customers. The current success, he stated, was just an affirmation of the level of empathy with which they treated their customers when handling complaints and other related issues.
One of the judges at the event also praised Securus for their exceptional services. He stated that the industry they were operating in was quite robust and to make the achievement that they had made was not easy. He added that the spirit with which they learned new things would compound their success with time.
Securus is the leading company when it comes to the provision of communication and IT services for the inmates. The solutions that they provide include tracking criminals, offering telephone services, and many other similar services. The company has a great reputation for these services. However, for some time now, they have been embroiled in a row with GTL Technology over the alleged use of a patented product that the later company uses in the delivery of their services. The court case has been going on for a while with Securus offering an out of court settlement a few times. GTL on the other hand has been insisted on some sort of supreme ruling.
Of late, Securus has decided to try and extend an olive branch to GTL again. They have invited them to a technology based bake off. This came after GTL claimed that they were better at offering the support services for the criminal justice system better than Securus. The bake off is aimed at putting to rest the claims that GTL is better at their customer service than Securus Technologies. The CEO at Securus, Rick Smith, stated that they needed an independent judge to look into the companies and judge for themselves who was better in the provision of the said services.
He was categorical in stating that it was a little shortsighted to claim that GTL was doing better than their company. He stated that Securus had been operational for the past four years, during which time; they had invested close to a billion dollars in their business. He was confident that they were the better business outfit because:
He was confident that the bake off would once and for all put to rest the claims that GTL was making about providing better services for the system than Securus was doing.
Securus Technologies Inc. Introduces Latest Investigative Technology
Securus Technologies Inc. introduced JLG Technologies Investigative Pro, the first software offered in the correctional industry with voice search features, on September 7th, 2016. Investigative Pro is a new tool investigators and detectives are able to use to search for second party or inmate voice sampling in telephone conversations. Its development takes biometric technology to the next level in solving cases and preventing crimes.
Investigative Pro has great analytical features, including voice identification, group tagging voice detection, three-way call detection, case management apparatuses, and administrative reporting. The searchable voice feature tracks an inmate’s voice by PIN data, identification, and sound of voice. When searchable voice is integrated with logical features, it becomes a powerful system for detectives and investigators.
The benefits of Investigative Pro consist of saving correctional investigative departments time and money. The time it takes an investigator to listen to hours of call recordings can be reduced dramatically. Hours used to listen to phone calls can now be applied productively in performing other tasks.
Securus Technologies is one of the largest providers of technology solutions for the correctional, investigation, and public safety agencies. Since 1986, the company experienced much growth through strategic mergers and addition of new technology products. Securus holds 140 patents and presently have over 80 patents pending. In the United States, Securus has expanded to 48 states, serving over one million inmates and an estimated 3.4 thousand correctional institutions.
In March 2016, Securus became an A+ Accredited Business of the Better Business Bureau. Securus is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and has a nearby office in Carrollton, and a location in the state of Georgia. For nearly 31 years, Securus Technologies has introduced inmate self-service, monitoring, and investigative products & services to correction and law enforcement industries.
Securus Technologies is a Dallas-based company that deals with communication systems in correctional facilities. Recently PRNewswire did an article about their ConnectUs automated inmate forms. Each and every year correctional officers spend much of their valuable time working with different inmate request forms. Inmates have to present forms when they want to make a grievance, when they want to schedule a medical appointment, or when they want to sign up for any type of program. All these forms have to be filled out, collected, and stored. The time that it takes for these officers can be used in a better manner. Each year most inmates use an average of 13.8 forms, and when that number is multiplied by the number of inmates that are in the correctional facilities that work with Securus Technologies, it is a staggering number.
Securus Technologies created ConnectUs for automatic inmate forms. This is a application that the inmates can use to modernize their request forms. This is an app that makes any request easy to make for the inmates, and it makes life easier for staff as well. If the inmate wants to make out a form they can do it all using this app. Making any changes on the form is very simple as well. This application has saved correctional staff about 65% of the time that they would have spent using paper forms.
Securus Technologies is a company that is dedicated to innovation and technology. They work with more than 3450 Public Safety facilities, and they give service to over 1,000,200 inmates in America. Securus Technologies works in communication at these facilities, and they have products that help correctional facilities with public information, investigation, incident management, and bio-metrics.