Magazine article Corrections Forum

Management Software: Integration from A to Z

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Management Software: Integration from A to Z

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INFORMATION IS KEY-providing staff with the information they need, auditable reports and activity tracking, leads to more efficient management, says Robert Chadwick, president, Endur ID Inc. "Our goal is to eliminate labor intensive and tedious activity tracking and make it easier to produce reports about the activities of a particular inmate so their stay can be effectively managed."

This past year Endur ID has introduced two new software applications to accompany and enhance the ID Management Solution. IDMX software manages all the individual demographics, collects and stores photos and specific alerts and warnings in regards to the individual, he says. The software then configures and prints wristbands to a standard color laser printer. Handheld wireless scanners operated by their Secur Max Tracker application scan the barcodes printed on the wristbands to track activity and movement.

"This information-gathering software allows the staff to create Roll Call Reports, Attendance at Classes and Meetings, Pass Through Commissary Records, Medication Management and Departure and Destination Records," he furthers. With a color printer the software allows for color coding of bands and alerts customized to the inmate. "For those whose processes either use monochrome bands or have additional classification processes, the color-coded Secur Loc Clasps can be used," he adds.

Gone are the days when someone had to remember everything and if they didn't, things fell through the cracks, notes John Lowry, senior product manager, Product Management at GTL. Today's management solutions allow for immediate notification of potential issues and/or for the need for additional data collection, he says. "More accurate data collection on the front end promotes accurate reporting on the back end."

Through the use of tablets, officers are no longer anchored to a fixed location to get data, Lowry continues, and now GTL, through partner Dynamic Imaging, extends key OMS functionality to the Apple iPod. Correctional Officers can record Rounds, Cell Checks, Service Deliveries, Counts, Program Attendance, verify inmate identification, and update an inmate's current physical location from a handheld device.

Such technology features are also employed to keep detainees informed. Monitors in booking areas for arrested individuals serve to ease the detainee's state of mind and eliminate staff interruptions from detainees wanting to know when they can bond out or move on to a housing unit.

"These IMS solutions can aid agencies to return inmates to society in better physical and emotional condition than when they were committed to custody by ensuring each detainee's individual needs are met." Lowry adds, "Compliance and risk mitigation continue to be high among the benefits of technology."

Risk is everywhere in corrections, acknowledges Ken Dalley Jr., president of GUARDIAN RFID. "Documentation that is thorough, concise, easy to collect, actionable, and accessible can forever transform the way a jail operates. Great documentation isn't just an effective counterpunch to risk, it can be wholly preventative."

Mobility is a critical piece of the company's risk mitigation. Recently debuted is its next-generation mobile platform, Spartan, an Android device equipped with high-resolution imaging, RFID, Wi-Fi, and several security-critical features. Running the fifth-generation of its mobile software, corrections professionals can quickly and securely scan, swap, and sync a wide range of inmate management duties in real-time to the cloudbased platform, GUARDIAN RFID OnDemand.

Eliminate the Juggling Act

Without a comprehensive inmate management system, jails frequently juggle all sorts of tools to manage logging responsibilities, whether cell checks on highrisk inmates, logging cell searches and contraband discoveries, inmate program attendance, or positive-identification headcounts, according to Greg Piper, training and implementation leader at Guardian and former 13-year corrections officer. …

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