LB - Auto Racing Upickem

Home | Real Estate Search | Classifieds | Place an Ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Obituaries | Subscriber Services | Kingman Digital | Contact Us
Kingman Daily Miner | Kingman, Arizona

home : latest news : latest news February 5, 2016


2/28/2013 6:00:00 AM
Jail technology helps with access, security
Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Michael O’Neill operates the newly refurbished Master Control room at the Camp Verde jail. (Scott Orr/Daily Courier)
Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Michael O’Neill operates the newly refurbished Master Control room at the Camp Verde jail. (Scott Orr/Daily Courier)
Scott Orr
The Daily Courier

CAMP VERDE - Capt. Brian Hunt, who commands the Yavapai County jail, has a strong information technology background, so it comes as no surprise that he is a big proponent of using technology to make the jail run smoothly.

A relatively new concept instituted by the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office is remote booking. It takes advantage of wireless Internet technology and has received national attention, Hunt said.

"A deputy by the side of the road in Bagdad can sit there with an arrestee in the back of his car and complete his portion of the booking [via his in-car computer]," Hunt said. "It appears here, sometimes hours before the [prisoner] appears here."

Combined with the ability to physically book prisoners in Prescott, police spend less time off the road doing paperwork - and more time on patrol.

Perhaps best of all, the system was free because YCSO helped the vendor develop and troubleshoot it.

Remote booking has not yet come to Mohave County's jail, although bookings at police substations do get transmitted to the jail.

Another advance Camp Verde uses that has yet to be implemented in Mohave County is iris scanning.

Like fingerprinting, the iris is unique to each person, and cannot be altered. Each inmate is scanned when he or she enters the facility. It's a quick process, faster and neater than fingerprinting - the prisoner peers into a device that looks similar to the vision-check gadget at Motor Vehicles and an image of the iris is stored in a computer.

The scans are added to a growing national database.

The next big thing at Camp Verde is video visitation. Currently, prisoners have visitation by family members on a rigid schedule - certain inmates on certain days, for a specified length of time. It works like what you might see in a movie: Prisoners sit in a row on one side of a pane of glass, talking via a telephone handset to visitors on the other side. A detention officer watches over the process.

A modular structure in the jail parking lot is being outfitted so visitors can have a teleconference with an inmate on one of 40 similar systems located inside the dorm areas. It saves money and adds security, because staff won't have to escort inmates to the visitation area and deal with bringing people into the jail to talk with them.

The price tag for the video system: $135,000, which will come from YCSO funds and was approved by the county Board of Supervisors recently.

When it comes to inmate visitation, Mohave County's jail has taken the lead.

Face-to-face contact is not allowed. Instead, there's a room filled with 26 video stations adjacent to the jail's lobby. There, a person can visit with his or her inmate of choice via video link.

Also on the way to Camp Verde is a kiosk system like an ATM that will be placed at police stations and allow people to bond out a prisoner by swiping a credit or debit card, 24 hours a day. Prisoners could also get money added to their jail accounts at the same kiosks.

Still on the horizon, Hunt said, is visitation by Internet from home or a mobile device by a service such as Skype.

"We have a sheriff who absolutely believes in maximizing technology to the greatest extent possible," Hunt said. "It's good stuff."



Re/Max - cdavidcooley (rentals/sales)
Related Stories:
• A tale of two jails: Mohave, Yavapai facilities differ


    Most Viewed     Recently Commented
•   Man accidentally shoots himself on I-40 (2009 views)

•   Help sought in finding missing teenager (1775 views)

•   Obituary: Burley John Winsor (1652 views)

•   Burglary alert issued by sheriff's office (1176 views)

•   Man arrested on money laundering warrant (1119 views)



Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, March 1, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

@Citizen Me
Could you explain that? If a relative goes to jail, how does that affect anyone else in the family?


Posted: Friday, March 1, 2013
Article comment by: mary nash

wow thats alot of money for a JAIL seems that funding could of gone to better use in another area of the city?

Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Article comment by: Citizen Me

The Jails do no more than syphon money from the pockets of the unfortunate relatives of the alleged criminals. The real bad guys don't usually end up in these jails.



Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comments are limited to Facebook character limits. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit excessive comment entries.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Required
Last Name:
Required
Telephone:
Required
Email:
Required
Comment:
Required
Passcode:
Required
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.
   


Advanced Search

HSE - We want to hear from you
House Ad- Dining Guide
Auto Racing Upickem
Kingman Chamber News
Find more about Weather in Kingman, AZ
Click for weather forecast






Find it Features Blogs Milestones Extras Submit Other Publications Local Listings
Real Estate Search | Classifieds | Place an Ad | Find Kingman Jobs | Kingman Chamber | e-News | Contact Us | RSS | Site Map
LB - Kingman Regional Medical Center - 1210 Fastrax

© Copyright 2016 Western News&Info, Inc.® The Kingman Daily Miner is the information source for Kingman and surrounding area communities in Northern Arizona. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Western News&Info, Inc.® Kingman Daily Miner Online is a service of WNI. By using the Site, kdminer.com ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the Site's terms of use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the Site. Click here to email your questions, comments or suggestions. Kingman Daily Miner Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info, Inc.® All Rights Reserved.


Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved