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NCJ Number: 193344 Find in a Library
Title: Cyber-Lock Down: Problems Inherent with the Use of Internet Technology in Correctional Educational Settings
Journal: Journal of Correctional Education  Volume:52  Issue:4  Dated:December 2001  Pages:163-165
Author(s): Tom McIntyre Ph.D.; Virginia M. Tong Ph.D.; Joseph H. Perez M.Ed.
Date Published: December 2001
Page Count: 3
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses security concerns that can prevent or limit the use of Internet-based learning in correctional education programs for incarcerated youth.
Abstract: The authors visited a new correctional education program in New York and learned that the program was not using the advanced technology available in its distance-learning laboratory. The staff noted problems encountered at this facility and others. These included the use of the Internet by gang members to socialize or plan outside criminal activity, conflict over the Internet by rival gang members, crime partners sending and receiving messages regarding the court case or intimidation of prosecution witnesses, intimidation of the co-defendant, and victim and perpetrator enrollment in the same class. Correctional authorities also envisioned inmates contacting hate groups, ordering contraband, downloading formulas for making bombs from kitchen chemicals, and printing multiple copies of pornographic photographs. Nevertheless, the analysis indicated options that might allow for the regulated use of the Internet in some settings. These include using the imperfect but useful software filters that prevent access to unsavory web sites, ensuring close staff supervision of Internet use by students, making future Internet use contingent on appropriate use in previous sessions, informing inmates of rules and restrictions before academic sessions, and focusing the camera only on the teacher in a distance-learning class. The analysis concluded that care, custody, and control must take precedence in correctional settings, but that advances in technology may someday allow inmates to have easy access to the Internet without violating security protocols or public safety. 11 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile correctional education
Index Term(s): Computer abuse; Computer aided operations; Computer crime prevention measures; Computer related crime; Digital communications; Juvenile educational services; Juvenile facility management; Juvenile rehabilitation
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