My job as head of the fugitive task force is making certain that we get a perimeter set up within the hour of being notified an inmate has escaped. Every person this inmate comes in contact with is in danger because the inmate will do just about anything to enjoy their freedom. The perimeter is designed to slow down their progress, unless of course they have a huge head start.
We were hunting an escaped gang leader who had an eight hour head start, so the perimeter was useless at this point. With the help of his gang members, he could be states away by no if not out of the country. With so many people in the network that could help him, we really were in a tough spot here and the clock was ticking that we get him caught before he commits more crimes.
When I heard that Securus Technologies installed a new inmate call system in the jail he escaped, I had a thought that I could use the system to catch this fugitive. Everything about this Dallas TX based company appeals to me, from the CEO Rick Smith, to his 1,000 employees that all believe that their mission is making the world a safer place.
So I was quickly trained on the LBS software, and days later the covert alert feature tipped me off to chatter between high-ranking gang members in jail thinking they were discussing our suspect in secret. What the inmates were talking about on the phone was keeping the fugitive secure until another inmate escaped, then both were going to meet up over the border. This helped us to keep the one inmate from ever getting his chance at escape while setting a unit to the location of the safe house and catching the suspect while he was in bed sleeping at four in the morning.