When I first got my start as a corrections officer, things were certainly different back then. I remember their being perhaps two inmates per cell, and many times the yard was so empty that my team actually outnumbers those inmates. Today it is a completely different story, as inmates are packed in those same cells like sardines, and at any time during the day there could be several thousand inmates in the yard compared to a few dozen officers. This means that we have to take precautions to not only ensure we are safe, but so are staff, other inmates, and guests to our prison.
When our staff was introduced to the team at Securus Technologies, we knew we needed to take advantage of their amazing technology. Up until this year, if we wanted to listen to the inmates on the jail phones, we had to station officers in a call center instead of utilizing their services down on the grounds. The LBS software will now scan every second of the calls that the inmates make, so we have our full complement of officers back on the front lines. Securus Technologies already has this same call monitor in 2,559 jails around the country, and those facilities have been able to take back control instead of the inmates being able to run the asylum.
Incidents of violence in our jail have taken a serious down turn in the last year, all thanks to the monitoring system picking up issues before they have a chance to transpire. If an inmate has plans to attack a rival gang member from order on the street during a call, we take actions. When inmates are discussing how their family can sneak drugs into our jail at visiting time, we can confiscate the contraband before it gets in the hands of the inmates.
I used to think that once a criminal or felon was behind bars I could feel safe knowing that whatever the crime they committed, they were put away for good. When I think of crime in prison, I think of gangs, drug rings…the usual things you see on today’s shows that involve prisons. With the rise in cyber crime, I never thought that digital crime would spill in to our prisons. However, I recently learned about Securus Technologies and the work they are doing to protect people both inside and outside of correctional facilities from the dangerous and often criminal acts that are able to be committed within prison walls through the use of contraband cell phones.
For obvious reasons, prisoners are not allowed to have cell phones, yet they can sometimes be brought in despite all measures. Securus Technologies specializes in providing the latest and most cutting edge technology that focuses on contraband cell phone use. Among the companies many offerings, it offers technology that can seek out and pinpoint an illegal cell phone, monitor phone calls on contraband phones and provide hard data that can often be used as trial evidence or to unearth the illicit reason a prisoner brought in a contraband cell phone in the first place. Securus has contracts to provide technology in over 2,000 correctional facilities.
The things that their current clients cited in a PR Newswire article that were beneficial was astounding. They said that they were able to intercept and put a stop to activity such as using cell phones to run drug rings and gangs, to monitor phone calls from inmates setting up witnesses to lie and then use that testimonial for the trial, and even to seek out and find corrupt employees that were providing inmates with contraband phones or other items.
ClassDojo is all about creating a positive classroom culture and giving students a voice. It is also making it possible for parents to stay connected to their kids and school during the school day. ClassDojo is free for teachers to use and it is compatible with many different devices including iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, and on any computer. It is also a private and secure way for communicating. ClassDojo has been recognized with many awards including the Education Innovation Award in 2011, 30 under 30: Education Award in 2012, and the Next Wave Leaders Under 35 award in 2015, to name just a few.
ClassDojo enable teachers, parents, and school teachers to meaage each other instantly and the messages can be translated into as many as 35 different languages. the Classroom feature of the ClassDojo app is where teachers and students can build their culture within the classroom with different skills and values. It is also the easiest way for students and teachers to build an incredible classroom together. Stories lets pictures and videos stream instantly form the school day instantly and School Story allows leaders to communicate with families that are connected to the school. The class Story feature allows teachers to share information with families that are connected to their class. Student Stories helps students to create their own story of what they have learned in the form of a timeline or portfolio.
The Big Ideas area of the app is where teachers and parents can gain access to content that will help students to further learn through concepts and social/emotional skills.
ClasDojo is opening the lines of communication so information can be shared with the teachers, students and families of the student sand is also a way of encouraging students to take pride in their work.