Intelligence in prisons


Supporting decision making through information analysis and uncertainty reduction.

The intelligence function is a critical component of any organization. In prisons, intelligence seeks to identify those prisoners, visitors, staff and organizations planning to engage in activity, or who are engaged in an activity that may be a threat to the good order, safety and security of a prison before the event occurs.

Prison intelligence looks at certain groups of individuals (such as prison gangs) in order to identify both criminal activity and threats to the good order, safety and security of the prison system.

The objective is to identify threats before they manifest themselves in actions, by analysing information and reducing uncertainty, so that managers can make appropriate decisions.

At IPS, we support prison administrations to define and implement prison intelligence processes and systems that can:

  • Contribute to preventing escapes, riots and disturbances;
  • Support the identification and prevention of criminal activity and the contravention of prison rules;
  • Identify and prevent criminal activity in the external community;
  • Detect staff corruption and smuggling;
  • Help identify organized criminal and/or terrorist groups;
  • Assess organized criminal groups influence and interrelationships;
  • Identify vulnerabilities in the prison system;
  • Identify radicalized and extremism inmates in the prison system;
  • Help protect prisoners who are the most vulnerable;
  • Support decision-makers in the prevention and management of incidents.