What Are the Emergencies in a Correctional Facility
Correctional facilities are meant to keep people who have been charged with a crime sequestered from society. These facilities are to keep criminals in order to pay for the consequences of their actions, in the hope that after their sentence, they can “correct” their previous behavior. However, though there is hope for correction, many inmates don’t understand the consequences of their actions and continue bad behavior while inside jail. The encouragement of bad behavior can be the result of personal backgrounds or influence from other inmates. Regardless of the reason for bad behavior, correctional officers need to remain vigilant always in order to keep prisons functioning peacefully.
In this blog, we will talk about the four main types of emergencies in correctional facilities, and how SecurAlert can help refuse and settle the situation.
The Four Correctional Facility Emergencies
In correctional facilities, there are plenty of dangers. Because the stakes are often high in prisons, correctional officers have to stay well-protected from inmates. Not only do they need to protect themselves, but they also need to be able to intervene if a fight breaks out. Due to the ferocity of some inmates, correctional officers need to be able to defuse a situation quickly and effectively. Also, they must also keep in mind that they must be aware of not only the situation at hand, but any activity happening around them at the same time. For instance, most “accidents” in correctional facilities are diversions orchestrated by inmates in order to complete a task without being reprimanded, such as passing information or items. Because of this, officers have to be hyper-aware and keep emergency security systems with them at all times.
Medical emergencies can range from a small cut to serious bodily injuries. Typically, injuries can be either natural or from fights in the prison. However, there are other major health concerns such as if an inmate has a heart attack or tried to commit suicide. In any case, the correctional officer on duty must intervene in the medical emergency and request backup. For example, if there has been a fight, one single officer won’t be able to attend to the wounded inmate and restrain the other violent inmate. In these cases, having an emergency security system, such as SecurAlert is extremely advantageous. In seconds, an officer can press the duress button and have other security officers know their exact location. With ultrasonic technology, security officers can get an exact location with incredible accuracy. This means that officers can receive back up faster, and the insured inmate can receive medical attention much more quickly.
Disturbances in correctional facilities happen quite often. Inmates often blow off steam or display dominance with violence. Disturbances range from small arguments between inmates and officers, as well as arguments between fellow inmates. However, even the smallest of disagreements can turn into fights. Worse, prison systems operate on allegiances, which means multiple inmates can include themselves in fights as a way to show loyalty. Because of this, a small fight between inmates can turn into a multiple-person fight, which can overwhelm correctional staff. Most correctional staff aren’t equipped to handle large disputes among inmates. In most cases, correctional facilities will have three people on the floor and one in a viewing room, called the “bubble.” But, three officers aren’t enough to calm and restain 300 angry inmates. Because of this, officers need to be able to alert backup immediately in order to gain support before a fight gets out of hand. This safety system is needed in places like correctional facilities, not just for the safety of the inmates, but the safety of the officers on duty when a fight takes place.
Fire emergencies constitute an immediate threat in a jail. Fire is always a concern for correctional facilities because of direct fire contact and smoke inhalation. Because restaining and controlling inmates to leave a facility takes time and organization, fire emergencies are a top concern. Fire can be dangerous for inmates because they won’t be allowed to immediately leave their cells without an escort from an armed officer. Fires can be a huge problem in prisons as well, mainly because it can insight a panic among inmates.
Alarm systems in these types of scenarios can help officers call for backup or contact the proper authorities, such as their local fire department. By being able to call for help sooner, rather than fight off distressed inmates for several minutes and then call for help, this system is far more convenient. And, best of all, SecurAlert is button-activated. This means that there is no need to call in or have an officer divert their attention for even a second. Instead, they can immediately contact emergency assistance with just the tap of a button.
This type of emergency is reserved for all over emergencies in the correctional environment. This includes issues with the facility’s power, heating, AC, and plumbing. Though they might not seem like incredible emergencies, in a correctional facility setting, anything that requires inmates to be restrained and escorted from their cells is a major inconvenience and needs to be handled precisely. For instance, during major disturbances like this, inmates can take it to their advantage and try to either cause a major disturbance, harm an officer, or escape. Either way, an issue in the facility can escalate quickly, which means that officers must be alert and handle the situation with great care. Alarm systems are important in these situations because they notify all of the officers in the facility of a problem. All facilities will have an alarm system built into the building;, however, utilizing personal alarm systems can be advantageous as well. For example, if an officer finds a problem and pushes their duress button, other officers and authorities will be alerted of their exact location, and thus, where the problem is.
SecurAlert has one goal, and that is to keep correctional facilities safe. By using our security systems, you can ensure that officers can notify help immediately and identify their exact location. This piece of technology can be transformative for correctional facility environments, as problems can be addressed immediately, information can be shared in seconds, and locations can be identified with incredible accuracy. With just one press of a button, the facility staff cannot only be alerted of an emergency, but who pressed the button of the emergency. The ability to share information in this way can be advantageous for not only the officers on staff, but also the inmates. If you are interested in this form of technology, contact SecurAlert today. We have representatives that can explain how your facility can be improved with our technology. Call today!