Updated-Evidence Based-Cost Effective- Infrastructure Continued

January 24, 2014

G.P.S.-technology-sensors-cameras: Global Positioning Satellite systems can be utilized for security and programming. This technology can be ° triple redundant by being present in each prisoners-*phone, watch and ankle bracelet. Daily counts could be conducted electronically by GPS and camera locations. Prisoners could be notified by phone-watch or ankle bracelet vibration and directed to a specific camera location/or they could just enter their personal code number and be "location verified". Low-medium facilities could be surrounded by high security electronic sensors, this approach will help to cost-effectively protect tax-payers while saving over $90 million in labor, concrete and steel and (an adjusted) $30 million a year in overall operations of a traditional prison compound. Cameras: The use of updated cameras and audio/sensor equipment has been a successful deterrent to escape and violence. "Some" prisoners who "qualify" for low-medium security may be an escape risk (under the "right" circumstances/conditions) these measures i.e. sensors, cameras etc... are a cost effective way to eliminate those circumstances/conditions. *Sensors in modular units could detect a breach "attempt" at a wall, window, floor or ceiling-(prisoner builders would be a good "word of mouth" deterrent for other prisoners with "thoughts" of breaching a "modular unit" structure by explaining how well the built in sensors work). *Phones will have the same existing technology that is currently used at prisons, i.e. pre-approved numbers only on each-phone, with the added function of incoming calls that could be received from staff- i.e. security, case management, medical etc... and perhaps an approved list for "other" in-coming calls as well.
Privacy bunk beds: Saving money should have overall benefits in mind; however human beings "need" to have opportunities to be alone. If a modular unit design shows that the best cost benefit would be a "dormitory style" then the beds should have a potential to become closed off or shielded with a "view port" installed for security. Perhaps the garment shop could make collapsible privacy screens? Please make sure that occupants of a dormitory patterned modular unit spend most of their time at a work/treatment location and have "options" for positive things to do on days off. (Note: single room units may be more cost effective if designed properly. If transportation is considered, single room units that are built in a row with doors on one side and windows on the other could be "securely" built and moved to multiple locations with minimal effort.
Wind energy: The state of Wyoming could take advantage of this valuable resource by developing a prison industry in this area. All state buildings and facilities should be connected to this renewable energy source including the WDOC. If the state provides the initial turbines and land the WDOC could provide the workforce to reduce energy costs and offset prisoner expenses through realistic and ethical wage distribution/restitution. The cost of turbines and other expenses would be repaid and future energy savings would continue to offset operating costs (See tradeoffs/offsets.)
License plate/sign shop: Wyoming could re-install existing equipment and re-start production of Wyoming license plates and highway signs to include mobile-electric emergency signs. $2million + a year in offset potential.
1 5) Torrington, focus on programming: If Wyoming is going to keep a 700 bed medium security prison open then it should probably focus attention to "programming"/services. Research will show that 300 hours of validated cognitive skills training (CST) is pretty much the upper limit of effectiveness-(Additional hours did not increase effectiveness in this particular criminogenic/recidivism area.) Dramatic results occur with Education: 2 to 4 year degrees and family ties which include conjugal visits. (See Case management in depth; Educating Wyoming Prisoners/Post Secondary Study; Family/Community Ties) A prisoner educational/cognitive skills training program could be funded by a one time grant; this program could then be trademarked, copyrighted and packaged for any interested facility.
Most tax-payers are unaware of the true facts as it relates to prison, inmates and spending. This includes many legislators and people within the system such as prosecutors and judges. Education is important for everyone involved. The goal is reformation and saving money and both can be easily accomplished with changes in mentality, approach, and practice. We have to love people not money. A "necessary and appropriate" plan will save both.