The administrative segregation unit of the Colorado State Penitentiary was designed to hold the worst of the worst. So when a new high-security complex at the department’s East Canon Complex south of Denver was planned, it was designed to bring services to the prisoners rather than move prisoners from their cells.
“These guys are locked up 23 hours a day,” said John Jubic, the Department of Corrections’ end-user solutions manager. “Any time we move these prisoners, it takes two to six guards to do it. That was the driving force behind what we are doing.”
Via an IP network, the department is delivering basic services, such as TV, telephone and visitation services, to hardened kiosks in each cell. Each prisoner is entitled to some privileges, including virtual visits from visitors’ centers outside the prison, tailored to the prisoner’s disciplinary status. A high-speed network delivers many of those virtual visits to the cell without the risk or hassle of moving the prisoner, bringing visitors into the complex or delivering materials to a cell.