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NCJ Number: 156800 Find in a Library
Title: Jails With a Different Type of Bars
Journal: Law Enforcement Technology  Volume:22  Issue:8  Dated:(August 1995)  Pages:48-51
Author(s): T M Dees
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 4
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the application of bar coding technology to correctional settings.
Abstract: QueTel Corporation, an integrator of bar coding systems, packages hardware and software from various subcontractors for marketing as a turnkey package to end users. The bar codes placed on an inmate's identification device identify and track the inmate's status and whereabouts. Correctional staff can use handheld devices to scan the bar codes. Inmate tracking becomes dynamic and continuous; for example, in an unescorted facility, the officer can scan the inmate's bar code, key in the code that indicates the location of the scan and the inmate's intended destination, and set a timer based on a reasonable travel time between origin and destination. Inmate property and visitors can be controlled with the same scanners and bar code system to avoid theft and misappropriations. Scanner systems can also increase personnel safety by allowing the central system to monitor an officer's progress on security rounds and allowing the officer to input a duress signal if necessary.
Main Term(s): Science and Technology
Index Term(s): Corrections internal security; Inmate monitoring; Prison management
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