Video Surveillance Pilot Program to Be Launched at Calif. State Prison
The state has contracted with Stanley Security Solutions to provide a multi-layered approach to combating contraband in state prisons.
SACREMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is launching a new video surveillance pilot that could eventually be used at all state prisons and facilities.
The testing will occur at the maximum security High Desert State Prison, nine miles east of Susanville, Calif. CDCR is partnering with Stanley Security Solutions of Fremont, Calif., for the pilot.
“The overall objective is to design a video surveillance solution to improve the safety and well-being of all CDCR staff, visitors and inmates in its institutions and facilities across the state,” CDCR said.
The video surveillance project is part of a “multi-layered” approach to combating contraband in state prisons, the department said.
In an announcement on Monday, the CDCR stated video surveillance equipment will be deployed within each institution and around the secure perimeter to allow for more comprehensive monitoring of inmate activity, improve visual coverage around the institution and provide visual evidence in cases of illegal activity.
“It will assist CDCR in more effectively maintaining the safety and security of staff and inmates by reducing the amount of contraband that is successfully introduced into California’s prisons and will help foster a more rehabilitative environment for inmates,” CDCR said.
Trafficking of drugs and contraband inside California state prisons is a serious public safety issue, CDCR said, leading to an illicit underground economy that is controlled by prison gangs who use violence, threats and intimidation that threaten the safety and security of staff and inmates alike.
“It causes many problems, including increases in assaults on both inmates and staff, power struggles within the inmate population, staff corruption and an inability for inmates to benefit from rehabilitative programming,” CDCR said.
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