Technology improving security at Craighead County Jail

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
Technology is taking over the Craighead County Detention Center, making for a more secure facility.
Jailers have recently gone through training to utilize cell-check scanners and soon, the jail will convert from paper mail to electronic mail.
The new scanners are provided by the company Guardian Systems and allows jailers to do cell checks electronically instead of manually.

It does cell checks, inmate movement, and if we want to know where an inmate is at any given time, we can instantly check that computer program, Craighead County Jail Administrator, Keith Bowers said.

Bowers said this transition not only saves time, but makes for a safer environment too.

It gives us a better record at our finger tips knowing if the cell checks are being done correctly or being done timely, he said. Its just a good safety check for the inmates and a good safety check for the community to know the inmates are secure.

The scanning system is not the only new paperless tool the jail is using.
Soon, inmates will receive their mail on a kiosk instead of in an envelope.
The jail is utilizing a new inmate-mailing system called Mail Guard and contracted with Smart Jail Mail.
Family and friends of inmates will be instructed to send inmate-mail to an address in Memphis.

The mail will be opened, scanned and sent electronically to the inmates cell at no cost to the county, according to Bowers.

Not only will this de-clutter cells, which Bowers said is a fire hazard, but it decreases the chances of drug smuggling.

This happens everywhere, Bowers said. People are getting very creative. It could be under a stamp, it could be mixed in to the glue on the envelope, really it will eliminate all of this and there won't be as big of a concern for that getting into the facility, Bowers said.

Bowers said they will convert to the new mailing system beginning March 19. Inmates will still be able to receive legal mail through envelope.
For more details on where to send inmates' mail, click here.

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