Corrections Forum

Articles from Vol. 15, No. 4, July/August

Good Science or Just Bunk?
Government TechnologyAn increasing number of police departments and corrections facilities are turning to layered voice analysis (LVA) technology to facilitate the interviewing of suspects. LVA has been used at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections...
Integrating Security
Correctional staff can efficiently supervise security operations by incorporating an intuitive security system to help maintain control.An interview with Ike Newton, III, President, Black Creek Integrated SystemsCF: How did Black Creek Integrators get...
Lockdown on Wheels
Transporting prisoners has always contained a greater element of risk than other more routine duties. In order to make this mandatory assignment into a safer prospect for transport officers, several companies design van inserts and custom vehicles intended...
Malicious Destruction
The FBIUniform Crime Report (UCR) defines vandalism as "the willful or malicious destruction, injury, disfigurement, or defacement of any public or private property." In prison environments, unless inmates are under direct supervision by correctional...
Meeting Special Medical Needs
Special medical needs range from optometry and dentistry to telemedicine consultations and dialysis. Because of the particular specialty needed correctional facilities may come up short if they only have generalists on staff. Private companies can help...
More Bang for the Buck
Inmates are consumers. They want purchasing power. Prison commissaries carry a variety of products, ranging from snack foods to clothing, and health and beauty products to electronic equipment. Some facilities provide commissary services five days a...
No More 'CEll' Phones
In the late-night quiet of a prison cellblock, an inmate slips his hand into a small slit under his mattress and pulls out a cell phone. Speed dial connects him to his outside contact, he speaks a few prearranged words, and another drug deal is made....
Plugging the Security Gap
When a reporter asked how he felt, an orbiting astronaut replied, "How would you feel if you were stuck up here on top of 20,000 parts-each one supplied by the lowest bidder?" In many ways, corrections design poses a similar challenge. How do you obtain...
Safe Storage
Property control is important to inmates. They like to know that their belongings are stored safely and securely, and will be waiting for them when they need them. A wide variety of companies provide property control systems for correctional facility...
To Protect & to Serve
Ironically, those in corrections management find themselves protecting and serving not only the public by keeping prison populations secure, but also preserving the security and safety of the prison population itself.security is the overall theme of...
Tracked & Protected
Personal locators and duress alarms have been around the correctional industry for quite some time. You might think the reason they are not more widespread is resistance from officers wanting their privacy. But ask corrections officers and they'll probably...
'Un-Blocking' Inmate Calls
Sometimes, making a phone call is not as easy as it sounds, particularly for those that are incarcerated. Each year, inmate populations are growing, but collect call billing revenues have been dropping steadily-it seems a 30% to 40% drop annually, according...
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