Criminal Justice Technology in the News
to Install High-Speed Cameras to Catch the Uninsured
Technology, (11/21/2017), Scott Berson
2018, Oklahoma will begin using traffic cameras to scan drivers’
license plates and send tickets to those who do not have insurance.
Drivers will face a $184 fine, and if they do not pay, they face
possible prosecution. An estimated 25 percent of Oklahoma drivers do
not have insurance.
in Bars, Homes Could Feed Into New Orleans Crime Monitoring Center
(11/21/2017), Alex Woodward
Orleans has a new Real Time Crime Monitoring Center, with plans to
include feeds from surveillance cameras owned by businesses and
residents along with video from city-owned surveillance devices. The
center will primarily be staffed by civilian employees, and is part of
a multi-million project to decrease crime rates in the city.
All’s Quiet So Far
With City’s New Alert System
Avalanche-Journal, (11/28/2017), Matt Dotray
LBKAlert system launched a few weeks ago, but so far the Lubbock Police
Department has not elected to use it for any public safety event. A department
spokesman says that the system is intended for use in times when there
is a need for a citywide alert, and the department will err on the side
of caution in using it.
Traffic Weapon: A Speed Gun That Can Cite You With No Stop
News, (11/28/2017), Cornelius Frolik
October 2017, the police department in Dayton, Ohio, began using
DragonEye Speed Lidar devices, which allow officers to take photos of
speeding vehicles, thus enabling them to issues citations without
making a traffic stop. Unlike stationary speed cameras, these devices
can be deployed anywhere in the city.
Visits Are Now Solely by Video. Critics Say That Hurts Inmates, Families.
(11/21/2017), Charlotte Observer Staff
growing number of North Carolina jails, including the one in Mecklenburg
County, have ended in-person visits in favor of video-only visitation.
Research indicates that inmates who receive visits and remain connected
with family and friends are less likely to reoffend, and that in-person
visits return greater results than do video-only visits.
Decision-making Belongs in the Justice System
Des Moines Register, (11/21/2017), Lettie Prell, contributor
opinion piece, written by a retired research director with the Iowa
Department of Corrections, takes a stand against the recent backlash
against using risk assessments in determining sentencing and setting
Drones Are Caught
Flying Drugs or Mobile Phones Into Jail Every Five Days: Specialist
Squad Has Seized 120 Devices Since the Start of 2016 and Convicted 17 People
(11/21/2017), Ian Drury
the United Kingdom, a new specialist squad established in January 2016
has recovered 120 drones used in attempts to smuggle contraband into
the nation’s jails. The team’s efforts have led to the conviction of 17
New AEI Report
Suggests Reforms to Curb Recidivism
News, (11/20/2017), Daedalus Howell
American Enterprise Institute recently released “Rethinking Prison: A
Strategy for Evidence-Based Reform,” a 37-page report in which the
author calls for reforms aimed at reducing recidivism rates. The report
calls for an increase in instructional programs, a reduction in the
number of prisoners and increased use of risk assessments.
'Mass Exodus' of
Texas Prison Guards Leaves Some Units Understaffed
(11/15/2017), Keri Blakinger
Texas correctional system faced a 28-percent turnover rate in the past
fiscal year, which some experts attribute to a recovering oil and gas
sector. In times of economic prosperity, individuals often leave
corrections jobs for other positions than offer better pay. The system
presently has a 12-percent job vacancy rate.
Have a Plan to Free Thousands From U.S. Jails
News, (11/23/2017), Hannah Rappleye and Brenda Breslauer
in November, criminal justice reformers launched The Bail Project, a
plan to use charitable donations to bail people who cannot afford to
pay bond out of jail. Backed by $30 million in donations, the group
plans to establish a revolving fund to keep more than 160,000
low-income individuals out of jail while awaiting trial for minor
to Study Correctional Officers' Stress, Mental Health
(11/22/2017), Cheril Lee
at the University of Nebraska-Omaha plan to look for a possible link
between correctional officers’ exposure to stressful experiences and subsequent
development of long-term mental and physical health issues. In addition
to collecting data, the researchers will also take saliva samples to
obtain physical evidence of officers’ exposure to stress.