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Public Safety Technology In the News

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April 2017
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This section of TECHBeat presents abstracts of articles on public safety that have appeared in newspapers, magazines, or websites.

"Corrections Launching Study on Mentally Ill Inmates in County Jails" focuses on Pennsylvania's long-term plan to reduce the number of mentally ill inmates in county prisons. The Department of Corrections is working with the Council of State Governments Justice Center to implement a program called Stepping Up, which is intended to improve the consistency with which mentally ill inmates are managed. Thirteen counties have joined the effort so far. The group will collect data to assist in forming a plan to standardize how mentally ill inmates are treated. "DHS S&T Inaugurates New Explosive Detection System Testing Facility" reports on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS') Science and Technology Directorate's opening of a facility at DHS' Transportation Security Laboratory in New Jersey. This facility will be used for testing and evaluating explosives-detection systems. "New York Prisons See Jump in Older Inmates" reports that the number of inmates over age 50 has risen in New York's prisons while the overall number of inmates has declined, according to an audit by the State Comptroller's Office. New York's total prison population fell to approximately 52,000 over the past 10 years, a decrease of nearly 11,000; however, during this same period, the number of inmates ages 50 or older increased 46 percent, to just over 10,000.

Date Published: April 1, 2017