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Integrated Electronic Systems: Controlling Inmates, Controlling Costs

NCJ Number
Corrections Today Volume: 50 Issue: 2 Dated: (April 1988) Pages: 182,184-187
C T Tate
Date Published
5 pages
An examination of four 'new-generation' correctional facilities, two under construction and two operational, illustrates how integrated control, security, and communications systems can provide efficient, cost-effective facility control in a variety of circumstances.
The new Riverside County Jail in Riverside, Calif., uses integrated security and control systems to minimize staff exposure to a high-risk jail population. Fire detection, door control, closed circuit television, intercoms, lighting controls, and input from card access systems are situated at central control pods on each floor. The Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Center, a combination remand center and medium security facility in British Columbia, uses a computer-based security and communications systems to handle 10,000-12,000 inmate transactions daily. The Kamloops Regional Correctional Center in British Columbia, slated for completion in 1989, will have an integrated security and communications system similar to that of Vancouver's but with the addition of extensive card access capabilities. The Minnesota Correctional Facility at Oak Park Heights, which has been operating since 1982, takes the integration of electronic system one step further to include environmental controls.


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