Technological Solutions to Problems Faced by Prison Guards


TechnologicalSolutions to Problems Faced by Prison Guards


TechnologicalSolutions to Problems Faced by Prisons Guards

Correctionalfacilities are places where the justice system takes offenders intocustody to discipline them. However, many prisons suffer congestiondue to improved services by the law enforcement agencies, and alsomany people seem to engage in unlawful activities. The inflow oflawbreakers leaves many prisons critically understaffed, and thiscoupled with other factors lead to a harsh working condition for thejail guards. This paper will examine the hardships that prison guardsgo through and then highlight how improved technology especially theinstallation of surveillance systems has helped to curb theseproblems.

First,most prisons are understaffed, and this leads to two main challengesto the guards. One guard is given to watch over up to 200 prisoners.Since some inmates in prisons are notorious criminals, the guards aresubjected to physical violence such as beatings and stubbing, andinsults. The officers are however left helpless especially during thenight shift because irrespective of their training it would be hardif not impossible to deal with the many prisoners. Also,understaffing contributes to guards working overtime hours bothvoluntary and involuntary. Working for long hours exhaust, theguard’s as well as depriving them of sleep. The government cansolve the problems that prison guards face by installation ofsurveillance systems. The systems allow the guards to monitor theprisoners from a centralized place, and therefore they do not have tomake night rounds that could expose them to dangerous individuals.CCTV cameras also help the guards to monitor every inmate carefullywithout having to watch over them the whole night on the computerscreen as they can now use configured mobile phones and tablets.

Mostprisons have destitute working conditions which leave thecorrectional officers discouraged. Authorities do not put intoconsideration the renovation and improvement of prison conditionspossibly because those, who are locked up in there, are wrong doers.However, these conditions also affect the prison officers directly orindirectly as they see the inmates suffer, but they can’t help.Conditions such as poor sanitary amenities, electric faults, andfrequent blackouts, and inadequate housing prove dangerous to theofficer’s security and also their health. Such conditions translateto demoralization and lack of urge to deliver. The government shouldimprove the conditions of prisons in order to make them an excellentworking environment for the officers. Such improvements shouldinvolve the installation of up-to-date technology equipment such aselectronically controlled doors, 24-hour modern surveillance camerasand other gadgets that will ease the administration of the prisons.

Thereare a lot of risks that accompanies the work of a prison warden. Mostcommon is the attack by the prisoners that is brought about by theconstant and close interaction between the convicts and the officers.Interaction is most commonly in the prisons that have not embracednew technology so that the wardens have to keep an eye on theinmates. First the officers should be given risk allowances to caterfor bills incurred due to injuries sustained from attacks byprisoners. Also, use of hi-tech equipment should be adopted tominimize contact with the detainees.

Sophisticatedsoftwares can detect motion and track individuals through facerecognition and therefore relieve the prison guards of having to godown to the cells themselves. In the case of a fight or a riot, thewardens can access the situation remotely and formulate a betterstrategy on how to handle the chaos(Guercio, 2014).


Guercio,G. F. (2014). Video Advancements Tighten security. CorrectionForums, May/June 2014,38.