Tracking Inmates and Locating Staff with Active Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID)

Early Lessons Learned in One U.S. Correctional Facility

by Laura J. Hickman, Lois M. Davis, Edward Wells, Mel Eisman

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The lessons identified in this report pertain to the issues for a correctional facility to take into account when considering whether to deploy an active radio-frequency identification (RFID) system within the institution. Because the experience of U.S. correctional institutions with RFID is still fairly limited, this report represents an early look at the experiences of one of the few facilities that have invested in active RFID for use in tracking inmates and locating staff. It provides important information and insights on issues to consider in the conceptualization, design, and installation of an active RFID system in a correctional setting.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    Expectations for the Use of Active Radio-Frequency Identification Systems

  • Chapter Three

    Case Study of the Early Implementation of Active Radio-Frequency Identification in One Facility

  • Chapter Four

    Summary and Conclusions

This research was supported by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice and was conducted under the auspices of the Safety and Justice Program within RAND Infrastructure, Safety, and Environment (ISE).

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