A recent report by the Pew Research Center found that recidivism rates have remained largely stable, based on a comparison of inmates released from prison in 1999 and 2004. This is a discouraging statistic, given that reducing recidivism is integral to corrections’ core mission to protect the public.Read more
The need for cell phone detection and cell phone jamming is quite obvious, but significant challenges and barriers to the introduction of these technologies within the industry still exist. While these issues are being sorted out, there is a critical element to dealing with confiscated cell phones that is within our control but sometimes overlooked or minimized. Read more
Correctional administrators juggle a daunting number of priorities every day. Organizations must keep staff, inmates and the public safe, effectively operate institutions, preempt disorder and criminal activity, be accountable to stakeholders, meet industry standards, manage staff, allocate resources, administer tight budgets, respond to emergencies, collaborate with law enforcement, and plan for the future.
To meet these challenges, agencies can no longer rely on bits and pieces of information, anecdotal impressions and human interpretation. Read more
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The introduction, manufacturing and use of weapons by inmates in correctional facilities poses one of the most serious and life-threatening problems facing our prison systems. The ability to detect weapons concealed on an inmate’s person is paramount to intercepting their use and preventing a violent and potentially deadly outcome. Read more
In the March/April issue, the first installment of the two-part series “Cellular Contraband: Search or Destroy?” provided information on the use of cell phone jamming technology to mitigate the growing problem of contraband cell phones in correctional facilities. Next, we look at cell phone detection technology, alternative strategies, operational issues and cell phone forensics tools. Read more
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The illicit introduction of cell phones into correctional facilities began to emerge as a serious problem with dangerous public-safety ramifications just a few short years ago. Today, as predicted and feared by many, the proliferation of cell phones in prisons has reached epidemic proportions. Read more
Beginning in 2010, Alex Fox will author a regular technology column for Correctional News that will address issues and trends involved with technology at correctional facilities.
Fox will serve as Correctional News’ resident security technology expert, tapping into 29 years of experience at the Massachusetts Department of Corrections.Read more