CN Ezine – January 2008 – Vol 8 No 1

January 2008 – Vol. 8, No. 1   

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ACA Winter Show/Perimeter Security

It seems like we were just sweating it out at the ACA summer trade show in Kansas City, and here we are decompressing after the annual winter conference. Is green catching on? According to the buzz we heard it is, along with other developments in construction, staffing and security. Read our coverage of the ACA show, and be sure to check out the upcoming March/April Correctional News for a comprehensive look at green developments and other hot topics in the industry (Subscribe here if you are not already on our list).

Speaking of security issues, it seems like horror stories of security breaches were abundant in 2007 and 2008 could turn out to be the same. On New Year’s Day an inmate overpowered guards during a medical examination at a local hospital in Maryland and was on the loose for several hours before he was shot and killed by police.

Incidents involving escaped inmates are, obviously, extremely dangerous for the public and law enforcement personnel, and the correctional agency involved is often left with egg on its face. But security is a complex issue and, according to security professionals, there is no catchall approach for every correctional facility.

Correctional News recently spoke with several key correctional security professionals to find out their opinion on the state of the market, new developments and best practices. We are also happy to present our 2008 Security Electronics Contractors list, the most complete listing of SECs in the correctional industry. Have a look at the articles below, and let us know what you think by sending an e-mail to

Matthew Crawford
Managing Editor


2008 Starts With ACA Winter Conference
Nearly 3,000 justice professionals, correctional officers and public safety personnel and more than 270 vendors gathered at the American Correctional Association’s winter conference. Located at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, the conference was held from Jan. 11 to Jan. 16 and offered more than 100 workshops on healthcare, staffing and sustainable design in the correctional industry.

An ‘I’ on Security
YoungbloodSometimes the best surprises occur right in your own backyard. Such was the case for Sam Youngblood, co-founder and chief executive officer for ISI Security, which provides security products for correctional facilities with its ISI Detention Contracting Group and Metroplex Control Systems divisions.


Ask The Expert
Accurate Assessment
T.J. Rogers is president of Accurate Controls Inc., a family-owned company that for the last 25 years has developed security automation systems for the correctional industry and other related markets. He has extensive experience with technical system design, software development, custom system assembly and installation, as well as project management and system maintenance.

RFP Notice
The board of commissioners in Palm Beach County, Fla., has issued a request for proposals for a video visitation system that is expected to cost $1.8 million. The deadline to submit a proposal is Feb. 8. For more information, see the county notice.

Read about the “movers and shakers” in your industry.

Product of the Month
Portable Motion Sensor
UltraVision Security Systems Inc. introduces the MicroDetectorT personal motion detector, a portable, rechargeable motion-sensing device. The unit allows monitoring via an off-premise receiver, eliminating the need for law enforcement officials to remain in cleared rooms.





April 5 – 8: Modular Building Institute, 25th Anniversary Convention and Trade Show; Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, Bonita Sprints, Fla. Visit

May 4 – 8: American Jail Association, Annual Training Conference and Jail Expo; Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento, Calif. Visit

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