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NCJ Number: 228692 Find in a Library
Title: STEP Up to Prison Security Planning
Corporate Author: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
United States of America
Date Published: 2009
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: 2005-MU-CX-K077
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: News/Media
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report describes the features and uses of a security technology enhancement plan (STEP) for correctional facilities.
Abstract: A STEP should encompass the security technology needs of a correctional facility in three broad areas: perimeter security, staff and inmate communication, and contraband detection. Perimeter security includes lighting, fencing materials, electronic detection of movement on the perimeter, equipment for staff duty stations, and electronic detection of contraband at perimeter points. Technology for staff and inmate communication is related to intercoms, radios, telephones, emergency callback systems, pagers, and cell phones. Contraband detection involves metal detectors, x-ray machines, and technologies such as ion scanners for the detection of contraband within the facility. The plan must assess the adequacy of the current security system and determine what technologies are needed to improve security in the aforementioned areas. High-priority needs should be highlighted in the STEP. Cited technology needs should provide specific information, such as a product name, unit costs, and a summary of required funds. Several funding levels should be included in order to provide options for analysts and decisionmakers. The plan should also indicate short-term and long-term maintenance costs, indicate how the system can be integrated into the existing technology maintenance program, and describe the additional staff services required. A STEP that is continually updated provides an ongoing up-to-date and prioritized assessment of a facility’s security needs, which enables an agency or department to act quickly and decisively when the need or opportunity for a security upgrade arises.
Main Term(s): Corrections management
Index Term(s): Correctional planning; Corrections Equipment; Corrections internal security; NIJ grant-related documents; Science and Technology; Technology transfer
Note: Reprinted from the Fall 2009 edition of TechBeat; downloaded November 5, 2009.
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