My job as a corrections officer in the local prison is to be able to keep each person behind these walls as safe as possible. When the inmates get their hands on contraband, they are a danger to themselves, other inmates, corrections officers, and even visitors to the jail. To stop the flow of things like drugs from getting to the inmates, we have to be vigilant and really stay ahead of the schemes these inmates have come up with. Since they have nothing but time, they can easily find a weakness in the system and exploit it.
We had a real epidemic on our hands this year, as a record number of inmates were getting their hands on illegal drugs and using them in their cells. The real issue we have with drugs is that many inmates trying heroin or crack for the first time become absolutely uncontrollable. An inmate who usually takes two officers to restrain now takes a half-dozen. Now we have officers getting injured trying to take down one inmate, and the instances are escalating each week. We had to find the drugs and put a top to the issue as soon as possible.
Securus Technologies had just installed a new call monitoring system for listening in on inmates while they talked on the phone. The company has 1,000 employees all dedicated to making the world safer for us all, we were about to see how true that was.
Days after using the system we discovered chatter from two inmates taking to their families about coming to see them but only if officer Gates was at the visitor center. Too many inmates mentioned this new guard by name, so we did our own investigating. We discovered this corrupt staff member was allowing the visitors to go through unchecked, and then getting kickbacks from those inmates at a later time.