SPARTANBURG, S.C. — The Spartanburg County jail has a new way to monitor inmates on special watch for medical conditions, emotional state or mental illness.
The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reported the jail has started using electronic monitoring devices called “The PIPE.”
The device allows deputies outside a cell to use a wand to tap buttons on a keypad to indicate what an inmate is doing, such as sitting, standing, crying, yelling or sleeping.
The new system replaces a paper check list. Jail director Maj. Neal Urch says paper can get lost and the electronic devices can provide a more reliable record.
Those with medical, emotional or mental issues are checked every 30 minutes. Those on suicide watch are checked every 15 minutes. .
The system cost the jail about $30,000.
Information from: Herald-Journal, http://www.goupstate.com/