Shawnee Co. Dept. of Corrections can continue to keep track of inmates in high-tech way

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Shawnee County Department of Corrections will continue to use a high-tech way to keep track of their inmates.

Deputy Director Eve Kendall asked Shawnee County Commissioners Thursday to approve a one-year subscription to a type of electro-pipe. The pipe is used to touch a button at a location, which then sends a message back to a computer, which records that the corrections officer was at that location.

The buttons can also be used for prisoners, such as telling when an inmate is sleeping, eating or has just been given water.

Kendall says it's not like a pen and paper, which can be manipulated.

"This technology allows that, if it's not done, you don't see it on our report," Kendall said. "It's a way to cross balance basically, to show that we are doing what we say we're doing."

The Commissioner's approved the contract unanimously.