Signs of Life and Observation Checks for Corrections. Utilize software technology to improve signs of life and observation checks in correctional facilities.
Signs of Life.
Correctional facilities are required to conduct predetermined observation checks at predetermined intervals to ensure the well being and safety of inmates. As a result, inmates should not be left unattended for long periods of time without an officer or other authorized person performing an observation check.
The check list should be completed by the person performing the observation check. All correctional facilities should provide observation check checklists and training for officers to ensure the proper completion of the observation check checklists.
Signs of life.
Correctional facilities should consider implementing technology to provide a notification to appropriate staff to check on an inmate during specified intervals. The "Signs of Life" system is a system that can be downloaded onto a computer and connected to a camera. The system can be programmed to take pictures of an inmate at specified intervals, to be sent to the workstation of the supervisor or officer who has been designated to check on the inmate. The system will provide a notification if the inmate is not heard from or seen for the specified intervals.
One of the most important features of the signs of life system is that it will allow the staff to know when an inmate has been left unattended for a period of time. The staff can then take action to ensure that the inmate is safe and well.
The signs of life system can also be used to take pictures of inmates in the event of a suicide attempt or other emergency. These pictures of the inmate can assist staff in determining how to handle the situation.
Observation Checks Checklist Criteria.
Correctional facilities should consider creating an observation check checklist criteria. The checklist criteria should be created so that the observation check is conducted in a timely, thorough and efficient manner.
The criteria should include the following:
Check all cells and rooms at the beginning of the shift.
Check inmates assigned to the same pod and work area as the inmate at the beginning of the shift.
Inmate should be checked every 15 minutes for mental status.
Inmate should be checked every 15 minutes for injuries.
Inmate should be checked every 15 minutes for changes in behavior.
Doing signs of life and observation checks is an important part of correctional facilities jobs, and software can aid in this work.Corrections continues to be a dangerous job. Officers must remain vigilant at all times to ensure the safety of inmates and staff.
The use of technology to aid in the safety of correctional facilities is a necessity.