New security cameras captured a spate of fights between detainees during two days at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center in Indianapolis this month, the Indianapolis Star reports. Officials used the recordings to identify and punish the troublemakers. A contractor has installed several systems at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center to beef up security and safety for detainees and employees.
The project involved 17 miles of wiring and cost about $1.2 million. Officials say the cameras, nearly 100 in all, will give the center the most sophisticated security system in the nation. The improvements come in the wake of an abuse scandal, the previous superintendent’s resignation, and a former problem of crowding. The center has 144 beds and holds youths awaiting the resolution of their criminal cases in court. A new system is able to track every person’s movement inside the building, alerting security officers if two people barred from contact get too close, or if a guard might be in trouble.Detainees will wear radio transmitters on their wrists. Employees and visitors also will wear tracking devices, which will appear on monitors as color-coded dots updated every two seconds.