The Purposes of CCTV in Prison

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Title The Purposes of CCTV in Prison
Author Allard, Troy John; Wortley, Richard Keith; Stewart, Anna Louise
Journal Name Security Journal
Year Published 2006
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Abstract Research was conducted to determine the purposes of closed circuit television ("CCTV") surveillance in prison. Despite the significant financial investments in CCTV and apparent satisfaction with performance, few studies have explored why CCTV is in prison. Research conducted in community settings suggests that the purposes of CCTV are prevention, detection, improving safety, gathering evidence, and acting as a general site management tool. Content analysis of legislation and procedure, physical audits of prisons (n=4), and interviews with managers (n=4) were conducted to determine why CCTV was in prison. Overall, the findings suggested that CCTV was in prison as a means of detecting and/or preventing highly specific behaviours (such as contraband entering prison, self-harm or suicide, and escape), as a means of identification for remote access control, and to facilitate the co-ordination of responses to incidents, gather evidence, and improve safety.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2006 Palgrave Macmillan. This is the author's post-peer-review version of an article published in Security Journal. The definitive publisher-authenticated version, Vol. 19(1), pp. 58-70 is available online at:
Volume 19
Issue Number 1
Page from 58
Page to 70
ISSN 0955-1662
Date Accessioned 2006-06-02
Language en_AU
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject PRE2009-Law, Justice and Law Enforcement
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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