RFID + Trimble Nomad Handheld Computers: Bringing Corrections Management into the Next Century
Captain Jerry Negen, the Jail Administrator at the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office in Brainerd, Minn., has worked in the corrections industry for more than 33 years. He’s managed tens of thousands of inmates over his career, and after working in and managing the old Crow Wing Co. Jail for over 25 years, he headed up the design, construction, and operation of its new 280-bed, state of the art facility.
A primary objective for Negen and his transition team was to evaluate technologies that would increase his jail staff’s operational efficiency by capturing and communicating critical task information in real-time. Since the new jail would be holding three times more inmates than the old jail, Negen knew that capturing and sharing a wide range of data at the point of contact was crucial for his staff to be efficient.
Like many detention facilities, Crow Wing Co. Jail had been heavily dependent on manual, paper-based systems. Everything from routine security rounds and inmate observations (including requests and complaints), to headcounts, inmate movements, recreation and meal offerings, and medication passes were being managed by manual sheets and log books. Their handwritten information was then typed into a full set of notes and saved electronically for reference and potential legal needs.