When my job is to put criminals in jail, the most frustrating part of the job is when these defense lawyers get their client off on a technicality or because the evidence was not strong enough. I feel like I let down my family, my co-workers, the victim’s family, and the community when one of these criminals is allowed back on the street. Although they usually go right back to doing what they do, I do not like the fact that we have to wait until another innocent person has to suffer to get these suspects back behind bars for good.
My blood was boiling this year because a very dangerous inmate was actually set free because the evidence collected in the case was ruled to be invalid. Even though we had a confession, everything was tossed and he was let free. While we all knew he was guilty, the law is the law and he was right back causing fear in the community. Having surveillance on the suspect was not working this time because he knew we were desperate to get him off the street, so he laid low with his friends for a while.
We turned to the local prison for help, knowing Securus Technologies had already installed a call monitoring system the officers used to keep tabs on the inmates. Securus Technologies is currently in over 2,600 prisons, and the CEO, Rick Smith talks about how he and his 1,000 employees are dedicated to making the world safer to live for us all.
When the inmates began talking about crimes and evidence no one knew about, we were able to put the suspect in the location and connect him to the evidence. Within weeks we had a strong enough case on several unsolved cases that we could tie to the suspect and finally get him where he belonged.