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New to the NIC Website: Technology in Corrections
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technology package pageRecently added to the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) website is our new web page focusing on Technology in Corrections. In many ways technology has been a help and a hindrance for the corrections field. People working in the field struggle to decide how to handle these technologies...if at all. Technology consistently changes faster than corrections and/or society can keep up with it. Implementing a technology, or plans to battle it (take cell phones for instance), can be a long and difficult process, and before new technology can be implemented, things may have changed. This package page contains information about: computers & the internet, apps, body cameras, bio-metrics & facial recognition, cell phones, drones, electronic monitoring & GPS, and x-rays & scanners, in order to provide information on the biggest trends in technology for the corrections field.

Example resources from the Technology in Corrections page:

Visions of Law Enforcement Technology in the Period 2024-2034: Report of the Law Enforcement Futuring Workshop (2015).

This report describes the results of the Law Enforcement Futuring Workshop, which was held at RAND's Washington Office in Arlington, Virginia, from July 22 to 25, 2014. The objective of this workshop was to identify high-priority technology needs for law enforcement based on consideration of current and future trends in society, technology, and law enforcement over a ten- to 20-year time period." Five chapters comprise this report: introduction; methodology; future law enforcement scenarios—current position, current roles of technology, emerging uses of technology, and future scenarios; technology needs—ranking, topic areas of ranked technology needs, and technology categorization of ranked technology needs; and conclusions—information sharing as a driver toward desirable futures, education and development as a driver, technology research and development as a driver, and conclusions from the workshop. "The output of this workshop described in the report included ten future scenarios and 30 technology needs. The technology needs fell into three general categories — technology-related knowledge and practice, information sharing and use, and technological research and development — and were placed into three priority tiers.

3D Printing and Law Enforcement (2017).

3D printing has the potential to transform the world by simplifying manufacturing, shortening supply chains, democratizing production, creating jobs, and customizing products to our needs. But 3D printing can also be the devil’s playground. 3D printing also has a dark side. Guns have already been 3D printed and criminals are using 3D printers to create new forms of crime.

Electronic Monitoring Has Become the New Debtors Prison (2016).

It all started with a traffic violation. Antonio Green didn’t have a license and admits he shouldn’t have been driving. But when his mother’s 1994 Chrysler Sebring broke down at a Taco Bell near their home in October last year, he decided to drive over to fix it.

Bye, bye, file-in-cake scheme. Prisoners have a new trick. (2017).

Piloted by an unseen operator in central North Carolina, a drone crashed inside a prison fence. A tightly wrapped package – containing a cellphone, tobacco and other contraband apparently intended for inmates – was tethered to the aircraft during that 2015 flight.

Posted Wed, Mar 22 2017 12:05 PM by Susan Powell


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