Securus Technologies Protecting Prison Staff Better

The prison I work as a guard has undergone changes this year to help protect officers from violence at the hands of the inmates. It was only a few years ago that the inmate visitor center was upgraded with new full body scanners to help with detecting contraband. This year, with the help of Securus Technologies, our jail has become more secure than ever.


Securus Technologies manufacturers inmate telephone call monitors, and this year we had our dated call monitoring system upgraded. The company is based in Dallas, Texas, employees over a thousand and is currently installed in well over 2,500 jails across the country. The CEO of Securus Technologies, Rich Smith, says the only objective of his company is making the world a safer place for all to live.


After my team of officers was able to comprehend how the LBS software worked, we could not wait to put the system to work. The very first week that we were able to take the officers out of the call center and use them elsewhere in the jail was huge. The software alerted my team that first week about one inmate who was asking his family to help him by smuggling medication to him at the visitor center. That week we intercepted the exchange before it could happen.


One inmate was on the phone talking with his gang brothers about a hit that was ordered in the yard. That night we did a scan of the yard and found several weapons concealed along the fence line that could have been used in the attack. The weapons were confiscated and the gangs were not allowed to be in the yard together for the week.


Each time we get a new alert, it feels like we are finally getting back some more control inside our prison.

Doe Deere is the Queen of Unicorns

Doe Deere aka “Queen of Unicorns” has unconventionally built a victorious business, Lime Crime, putting her on top of the cosmetic industry. Deere was born and raised in Russia until the age of 17 when she moved with her family to the United States. She lived in New York City from 1998 until 2012. She currently lives in Las Angeles, California.


While in New York, Doe Deere became a musician, which was her biggest childhood dream. Her experience as a musician taught Deere about having a career and marketing. Being a musician also taught Doe to appreciate her fans and those who showed up to her events and supported her. She took what she learned and utilized it in her cosmetic career.


Seemingly born with and entrepreneurial ambition, Doe ran her first small business at the age of 13, selling temporary tattoos to her classmates. She marketed the tattoos by wearing them herself, making them look cool, and convincing others that they should purchase them and wear them also.


Doe Deere believes strongly that everyone is unique and that their individuality is what holds their value. Like so many others in the world, while growing up, she felt very different, as if their was no one else in the world that could possibly love the things that she herself loved. But, what she learned was that there were plenty of people in the world who were similar to her with the same interest as her and loved the same things as her, such as rainbows.


It was this realization that was the foundation for the creation of Lime Crime. In 2008, Doe began to take a liking to more unusual and brightly colored make-up. Back then, the trend was more in the nude family of colors. This made it hard to find the bright, bold, and unique colors that she was interested in therefore, she began to make unique make-up herself. Filling the colorful make-up void, Lime Crime became very profitable.


Make-up gives Doe the freedom to express herself without being concerned about the judgement of others. Her hope for Lime Crime is that it makes others who use it feel comfortable being themselves. Doe majored in fashion design at FIT in New York. With her fashion background, Doe feels that everything we put on, clothes, make-up, accessories and even how we wear our hair, allows our individual self expression. Learn more: