When the local prison was meeting with Securus Technologies, little did any of the local officers realize at the time how instrumental this change would be. Trying to solve crimes in a crowded metropolis is hard enough, and with more inmates getting shorter sentences because of overcrowded conditions, me and my team of fugitive hunters were seeing a rise in activity too.
Securus Technologies has developed a monitoring system used in over 2,488 jails around the country for being able to listen more intently to when inmates are on the jail phones. Instead of a group of officers having to sit in a call center and listen carefully to those conversations, now the LBS software does all the work more thoroughly. CEO Richard Smith of Securus Technologies, says his system has given officers the ability to get ahead of potential trouble instead of always having to react and let the bad guys get that crucial upper hand.
This was the case when a recent crime spree had my team all scratching our heads as to who and how were these individuals able to get away with the crimes and never leave any evidence for officers to find. It wasn’t until one of their own was arrested on some unrelated charge that we got to see how powerful the Securus Technologies system really is.
The inmate was one the phone speaking to friends and mentioned something about those crimes that triggered the LBS software to alert my team. The inmate gave details only those involved would know, and his call lead us to a safe house where stolen goods were housed as well as the rest of the gang committing those crimes. Thanks to the alert, we took a half-dozen dangerous criminals off the street and returned the stolen property to the rightful owners.