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NCJ Number: 211846 Find in a Library
Title: Keeping Bad Guys Behind Bars
Corporate Author: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
United States of America
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Grant Number: 96-MU-MU-K011
Sale Source: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
700 N. Frederick Ave.
Bldg. 181, Room 1L30
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Technical Assistance
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), the lead laboratory in physical security for the U.S. Department of Energy's nuclear facilities, is teaching prison officials how to perform a "vulnerability analysis," which uses security methodology to identify potential weaknesses in correctional facilities.
Abstract: With funding from the U.S. Justice Department's National Institute of Justice (NIJ), SNL security experts have assessed the security features of several correctional facilities in Pennsylvania and Texas, as well as the blueprints for a Nebraska prison and a Michigan jail. SNL security experts examine the physical facility and obtain information about all areas of prison life. The security assessment is conducted from a systems perspective that includes input from the prison staff's knowledge of the facility. This article focuses on the SNL assessments of Pennsylvania correctional facilities. In its assessment, the SNL team pointed out security weaknesses prison officials had not considered; for example, one facility had a secure exercise yard located next to a wall with a doorway. The door had not been used for years, and it was not adequately secured. Recommendations were also offered on perimeter intrusion detection and the use of cameras and lights. At one Pennsylvania facility, the SNL team recommended that trees be cut along a fenceline and that one guard post be staffed full-time instead of only at night. This is a pilot program intended to refine the methodology of vulnerability analysis, so the methodology can be taught to correctional personnel.
Main Term(s): Correctional facilities
Index Term(s): Correctional facility surveys; Corrections internal security; NIJ grant-related documents; Pennsylvania; Technical assistance resources
Note: From TechBeat, Winter 2000; downloaded October 25, 2005.
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