Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Is Tech The Solution To Our Prison Problem?
This week, we reported on a newly-released federal Request for Applications (RFA) seeking the development of a remote continuous monitoring system to detect cocaine use in ambulatory patients (Feds Seek Invention of Remote Monitoring System for Detecting Cocaine Ingestion/Intoxication premium members). The RFA specifies that remote measurement is the main priority, and that the systems can include any behavioral, biological, or psychophysiological measurement devices, or combination of devices.
I found this story fascinating because it is one many
innovations that will alter the intersection of behavioral
health care with the criminal justice system. A few of the
tech interventions that we’ve reported on include:
At a time when many states are planning to release incarcerated individuals earlier due to budget constraints, these technologies—and the organizations that learn to use them—can offer new options that address both the cost and the public safety issues. These new technologies can supplement the diversion efforts
of the current mental health and drug court initiatives – and enhance the ability to assure public safety in probation and parole situations.
Monica E. Oss
Chief Executive Officer, OPEN MINDS
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