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Can the Cloud Save Corrections?

posted Oct 10, 2011, 6:38 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Dec 27, 2011, 7:27 PM ]
Corrections Technology Group is handling a growing inmate population while saving an industry millions of dollars in IT costs

Austin, TX - There is a very serious situation facing the entire prison industry. Overcrowding, a significant rise in inmates per officer and sweeping budget cuts only scratch the surface of an industry in desperate need of reform.

Correctional IT Departments are working diligently to accommodate technological trends during this time of entropy. But the disparate systems are overburdened, dated software remains cumbersome and facilities have not moved away from many of the pen-and-ink processes of the 20th century.

The true challenge upon the industry is to best prepare corrections professionals for the incarceration, supervision and rehabilitation of individuals in an era of Cops and Hackers.

Inmates are entering prisons well-equipped to take it down--local servers and computers are open for tampering, devices are getting smaller, faster and cheaper. All of which makes sensitive information and safety most vulnerable.

CTG realizes this dilemma and is working diligently to get the corrections industry up to speed with the growing needs of prison staff and inmates alike.

Chris, CTG’s lead software developer, was one of a few hundred gathered in Indianapolis, Indiana for The National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center’s (NLECTC) 12th Annual Innovative Technologies for Corrections conference.

CTG’s platform, Corrections Cloud is powered by Google Apps and helps mitigate the costs associated with data leaks, security breaches and server downtime by moving traditional processes to the Cloud.

Since Google is already FISMA, HIPPA and SAS 70 certified, jails and prisons can forgo the time and money associated with developing in-house IT security or untested data disaster recovery.

Chris also mentioned how technology can be a boon for the corrections industry if used correctly. “The time for Cross-jurisdictional collaboration is now. The immediate cost savings and benefits are too easily recognized to ignore” he said.

The core apps are only the beginning for the Google Authorized Reseller. CTG Explains the bigger picture of “In-Cell Services” designed for inmates and detainees. Those apps, also being developed within Google’s infrastructure as a platform will be available in January and provide a full suite of communication, education and re-entry services.
Unknown user,
Oct 10, 2011, 6:48 PM