SANTA FE COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – A jail the place a dozen inmates have died within the final three years, is bringing in new expertise to maintain higher monitor of inmates’ well being. There are presently 270 inmates on the Santa Fe County jail. The inmates obtain common in-person welfare checks however quickly these checks shall be aided by a digital monitoring system.
“I believe with this expertise it offers us an enhanced alternative to provide us alerts proactively and due to this fact improve our response instances to emergencies,” mentioned Derek Williams, Santa Fe County jail Warden.
Presently, correction officers are utilizing logs to put in writing down once they’re doing their welfare checks. This new expertise will alert them when they should do these welfare checks frequently. “Have some sort of small pill relating to the rounds, they will take photos if there’s some sort of concern,” mentioned Elias Bernardino, Deputy County Supervisor.
In the meantime, inmates who’ve well being issues will put on a tool, just like an Apple Watch, which can monitor their vitals and alert correction officers if there’s an emergency. “Inmates who establish extra power or extreme points can give attention to alerting us to the very important indicators and retaining monitor of these kinds of considerations,” mentioned Williams.
The jail is at first levels of rolling out this expertise. Thus far they’ve evaluated their present system and so they say they should give attention to enhancing their Wi-Fi to be able to transfer ahead.
Presently it’s unknown how a lot the brand new expertise will value. Officers say they’re hopeful the brand new expertise shall be in place by June 2024.