Brian Sims

Traka highlights role of security technology in supporting prison system

TRAKA HAS published a new White Paper investigating how security technology can support inmates, staff and rehabilitation programmes in order to “reassign responsibility” within – and, indeed, “reshape” – the prison estate.

Created in partnership with Serco and Unilink, the downloadable White Paper – entitled ‘How Technology Can Support 21st Century Prison Systems’ – serves to highlight the evolving role of UK prisons and the responsibilities placed on inmates and staff alike to choose methods of rehabilitation, while at the same time paying due consideration to their own health and well-being.

Traka highlights the impact of security technology in prioritising this mindset, which itself is very much in line with the Government’s own Justice Committee’s intentions for prison safety and decency together with influences on design and function of future facilities.

Tom Smith, UK sales manager at Traka, commented: “From our own involvement on working with high-profile prison estates and rehabilitation facilities, the use of security technology in prisons can have multiple benefits for inmates and staff alike. In this White Paper, we’ve drawn on our experience of partnerships designed to aid inmates in taking tentative steps towards assuming responsibility for their own rehabilitation. There has been a positive response, and especially so when it comes to well-being and mental health.  This then positively impacts members of prison staff working on site, including less stress and pressure as well as improved communications.”

Included in the White Paper are real world examples of prison estates having been transformed, including HMP Berwyn (the first publicly-run ‘super prison’ – and Dovegate, itself a successful manifestation of the ‘Transforming Prison Estates Programme’.

Medication Distribution Lockers

Key to the success of such projects has been the implementation of Medication Distribution Lockers, enabling inmates to manage and collect medication in their own timeframes, quickly and efficiently, so as not to impact on their essential daily activities.

Smith added: “The installation of Medication Distribution Lockers is just one example of how security technology can improve well-being and support prison estates, not only in terms of the ‘ideals’ around rehabilitation, but also when it comes to planning for the future.”

He continued: “In this White Paper, we highlight the impact such technology has already made. The positives can also extend to the cost, time and resource savings made, all of which can be refocssed towards better serving inmates and enabling the Government’s proposals for rehabilitation. We welcome feedback on what is essentially a fast-evolving sector that needs the commitment of our industry if it’s going to succeed.”

*The White Paper entitled ‘How Technology Can Support 21st Century Prison Systems’ is available for download at

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