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Document 031471
You've Got Mail: The Promise of Cyber Communication in Prisons and the Need for Regulation
By Raher, Stephen. Prison Policy Initiative (PPI) (Easthampton, MA).
"As with most aspects of life, communications options for incarcerated people are in flux due to technological changes. For practical, political, and technical reasons, communications methods have evolved more slowly in prison than in the outside world, but change is nonetheless here. New technologies such as video visitation and electronic messaging have the potential to improve quality of life for incarcerated people and help correctional administrators effectively run secure facilities. Yet t... Read More

33 pages
Document 030145
Time Difference of Arrival System for Cell Phone Localization in Correctional Facilities|Final Report
By van Doorn, Eric; Bhat, Arvind; Lonske, Benjamin; Guo, Zhitong; Hovareshti, Pedram; Gaddam, Siddarth. National Institute of Justice (NIJ) (Washington, DC). Intelligent Automation Incorporated (Rockville, MD).
"Cell phones, smuggled in by guards or family members and activated with hard-to-trace prepaid calling plans, are a lifeline for criminals and gang members to order hits, buy drugs and plan escape attempts from behind bars. Correction officials have identified the problem of cell phones in prisons as one of the toughest issues they face. The purpose of this project is to design, implement and test an effective system for the detection and localization of cellular phones in correctional facilitie... Read More

72 pages
Document 030152
Criminal Justice Decision Making Laboratory Job Aids
Carleton University. Criminal Justice Decision Making Laboratory (Ottawa, Ontario).
Access is provided to a great selection of case planning resources for corrections, probation, and parole staff. These job aids "are organized into specific areas: Case planning and case management--Descriptions of creating a behaviour or offense chain; An example decision grid to examine costs and benefits of crime versus prosocial behaviour. Risk assessment--An overview and summary of static and dynamic risk factors in order to understand risk assessment for different offender outcomes. Offend... Read More

Document 029570
Cell Phone Forensics in a Correctional Setting: Guidebook
National Institute of Justice (NIJ) (Washington, DC). National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC). Corrections Technology Center of Excellence (Denver, CO).
"This guidebook provides correctional administrators with a brief, yet comprehensive and informative, view of cell phone forensic technologies. It reviews the evolving role of cell phone forensics in correctional institutions and presents issues to consider when acquiring and implementing these technologies. It also addresses the opportunities and challenges involved in selecting technologies and implementing them in correctional settings" (p. 8). Six chapters follow an executive summary: statem... Read More
38 pages
Document 027281
Please Deposit All of Your Money: Kickbacks, Rates, and Hidden Fees in the Jail Phone Industry
By Kukorowski, Drew; Wagner, Peter; Sakala, Leah. Prison Policy Initiative (Northampton, MA).
“While previous research has documented the unjustifiably high calling rates in the prison phone industry, this report is the first to address in depth the many fees prison phone customers must pay. We find that meaningful regulation of the prison phone industry must stem from a comprehensive analysis of the customers' whole bills, rather than limiting the discussion to addressing the high per-minute calling rates alone” (p. i). Sections following an executive summary include: introduction; the ... Read More
33 pages
Document 024667
Cell Phones as Prison Contraband
By Burke, Tod W.; Owen, Stephen S.. Federal Bureau of Investigation (Washington, DC).
The authors “focused particularly on the methods of concealment, as well as preventive strategies, including detection and proposed legislation, to minimize the harm of cell phone use by inmates” (p.1). The following sections are contained in this article: possession by prisoners; seriousness of the problem; concealment by inmates; detection by authorities; jamming and legal considerations; additional concerns; recommendations; and conclusion.... Read More
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