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Contraband detection and control

Cell Phones in Prison

June 2010

Criminals are using cell phones illegally in prisons and jails to conduct their business and intimidate witnesses. Although technology solutions to this problem are available, they can create new challenges, such as legal and implementation issues associated with cell phone use in correctional facilities. Panelists will discuss various aspects to consider from how prisoners use cell phones, to day-to-day and operational aspects, to legal and regulatory concerns.

Contraband Detection and Control

Contraband in correctional facilities includes illegal items, such as drugs and weapons, or items prohibited in the area being monitored, such as cell phones. Prison staff needs to be able to detect and confiscate contraband quickly to prevent drug abuse, violence and the commission of further crimes.

Drugs and weapons pose a particular risk in prison environments, where there is a high potential for violence...

NIJ FY 15 Research on the Efficacy of Different Contraband Interdiction Modalities Used in Correctional Facilities

Closing Date
NIJ is seeking proposals to conduct research to identify the different interdiction modalities currently used by agencies to keep contraband out of their facilities and what is known about their efficacy. An interdiction modality is considered to include both (1) the policies and practices that agencies use to prevent contraband from being brought into a facility as well as (2) those used to detect and...

Cell Phones in Prison

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NIJ FY 08 Sensors and Surveillance Technologies: Invited Full Proposals

Closing Date
NIJ is seeking applications for funding research and development of sensor and surveillance technologies to address specific needs in criminal justice. NIJ is particularly interested in the following three areas: 1. Concealed weapons detection (CWD) at a safe distance. 2. Through-the-wall surveillance (TWS) for locating and/or tracking individuals within buildings. 3. Other novel sensor or surveillance technologies, applications, or support functions for specific criminal justice...