On the way to the second decade of the 21st century – in societies where constant and immediate contact through technology are part of most people’s life – how are we dealing with the “digital natives” in prison?
Internet, cell phones, smartphones, tablets, texting, videoconferencing and video-visitation… Frequent contact between inmates and their families and friends and sustaining pro-social relationships between them, leads to lower recidivism rates.
The need for frequent contact with family members is one of the major motivations for trafficking of (illegal) mobile phones in correctional facilities, although some of those cases are associated with criminal activities inside and outside the correctional facility.
In correctional settings, telecommunications (being through the use of phones, or different multimedia devices) must be managed to prevent crime, inhibit the trafficking of unauthorized items, ensure the protection of the public from unwanted communications, and prevent escapes. Contacts made inside and from prison, be it among management, staff members, higher correctional instances or with the outside world raise security concerns.
Hence, it’s important to adopt mechanisms and deploy solutions that will enable appropriate levels of contact without jeopardizing security.
At IPS, we provide technological and consultancy services intended to supply and/or leverage the security of all communications, especially by putting in place procedures and solutions such as:
- development of secure communications strategy and framework;
- implementations of community and family interface systems;
- arrangements to securely allow access to information technology and the internet;
- monitoring and communication interception solutions.