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Prisons enlist drones to monitor inmates, grounds
By gcn.com- Matt Leonard
Published: 06/06/2018

The South Carolina Department of Corrections announced it will use drones to keep an eye on inmates and prison property.

The drones will be outfitted with high-resolution cameras as well as heat-sensing and night-vision capabilities to monitor attempts to bring contraband into the prison and watch for fights within the prison walls, the Associated Press reported. The department has hired two pilots to help with the monitoring efforts.

For years, corrections officials have been fighting to keep drones out of the airspace around prisons. In 2015, a drone was used to drop drugs into an Ohio prison yard, and last year a drone delivered wire cutters to an inmate who used them to successfully escape (he was later recaptured). Now officials are turning to the technology to help them spot trouble.

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