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NCJ Number: 210669 Find in a Library
Title: High-Tech Prisons: Latest Technologies Drive Cost Savings and Staff Efficiencies
Journal: Corrections Today  Volume:67  Issue:4  Dated:July 2005  Pages:78-81
Author(s): Jeff Goodale; Dave Menzel; Glen Hodgson
Date Published: July 2005
Page Count: 4
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes some of the latest emerging technologies being introduced in high-tech correctional settings, providing both cost savings and efficient-use of staff.
Abstract: During the past 25 years, widespread use of technology in correctional settings has not been the norm. However, since the mid to late 1990s correctional facilities have become technology driven, compared with 5 years ago. Emerging prison technologies are not only better they are also more reliable and more cost-affordable. Technologies, such as touch-screen access control, nonlethal fencing, and digital video offer significant savings in staffing costs and operations. Today, emerging technologies, such as explosive residue detectors and heartbeat scanners are beginning to be tested in correctional settings. The future includes biometric readers that scan fingerprints, palms, or even corneas. This article briefly describes some of the latest technologies used or being introduced into high-tech correctional facilities in the State of Illinois. The technologies reviewed include: video surveillance, telemedicine, smart cards, touch-screen, electronic flush valves, and nonlethal stun fences.
Main Term(s): Corrections management
Index Term(s): Camera technology; Computer aided operations; Correctional facilities; Correctional staff management; Illinois; Science and Technology; Technology transfer; Telecommunications; Telecommunications equipment; Video imaging
Note: Special Edition on Security Technology.
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