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Prison systems adding body-worn cameras to security plans

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Posted at 9:20 AM, Oct 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-29 12:20:18-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A growing number of state prison systems are outfitting guards with body-worn cameras even in environments already covered by thousands of stationary cameras.

The George Bureau of Prisons piloted the concept last year and plans to outfit guards in two prisons this year and another two next year.

California has implemented them at six prisons in response to a court order responding to the abuse of prisoners with disabilities.

Ohio tested the cameras at several prisons this year and is finalizing a contract.

Annette Chambers-Smith is the Ohio prisons director. She says the cameras can cover blind spots and also act as a preemptive tool against violence if inmates know they're being filmed.