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Friday, July 18, 2008

PANOPTICON FAIL

Posted By on 07.18.08 at 02:35 PM

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Cameras on high-crime street corners? Check. Cameras at stop lights? Check. Cameras in the hands of parking enforcement? Check.

Cameras in Cook County Jail? 

Not so much.

From the newly released federal report into conditions at CCJ (pdf):

"CCJ has limited and antiquated live feed overhead cameras in some divisions, but the cameras do not have the critical capability to record and replay, and most do not capture activities outside the housing unit dayrooms. Moreover, while there are two small monitors n the RCDC [Receiving, Classification, and Diagnostics Center] intake area, we discovered that the officers in the Security Office were unaware that the monitors could view various parts of the intake area."

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