Every now and then, we come across a report about a jailbreak incident. These incidents tend to be deeply embarrassing to the folks who manage the correctional facilities: especially given the fact that the fellows who run away from the correctional facilities tend to be the most dangerous convicts. It is therefore no wonder that one of the topics that keep on coming up for discussion, whenever managers of correctional facilities meet, is the one on how the jailbreak incidents can be minimized.
In my view, there are several innovative solutions that can be used to minimize jailbreak incidents from correctional facilities.
One approach that can work very well at minimizing jailbreak incidents is that of enhancing cooperation between the correctional officers and the inmates. This way, the correctional officers can get a chance to learn about impending jailbreaks from the inmates. The inmates who cooperate with the officers in this way can then be rewarded through various small favors. But this sort of system has to be carefully guarded, lest it become a conduit for corruption and manipulation.
The second approach that can work very well at minimizing jailbreak incidents is that of putting in place ‘invisible’ security around the correctional facilities. This, for instance, may be a question of having non-uniformed guards around the correctional facilities. That way, even if inmates manage to get round the uniformed security, they’d walk straight into the hands of the ‘invisible security’.
The third approach that can work very well at minimizing jailbreak incidents is that of investing in better surveillance technology. This way, even if inmates who are attempting a jailbreak manage to evade the watchful eyes of the guards, they should surely be caught by the surveillance cameras. The cameras should be programmed in such a manner that they sound an alarm as soon as certain suspicious movements are noted. The technology necessary for this is not even very sophisticated. A person whose IT skills are good enough to create a database for the UPS employee login system should also be good enough to set up this sort of surveillance system. But then, the response to the alarms raised by the surveillance systems has to be prompt and effective. Further, the existence of such a system has to be kept secret from the inmates – perhaps even from some of the guards. If too many people are aware of such a surveillance system, then it can get compromised: just as all the other surveillance systems are always compromised during jailbreaks. This idea is in line with the widely held theory that the inmates who carry out successful jailbreaks tend to be folks who enjoy very high level support. Against that background, even an IT-based surveillance system can be compromised to make a jailbreak possible.