It’s replacement in the control room is now a monitor linked to a computer console no larger than a PlayStation. Goliad County recently purchased a monitoring system made by the Waco company, Sydaptic, which develops and distributes equipment for correctional facilities.
From the control room, jailers and deputies can now monitor all the doors, intercoms, lights and has the ability to control the time of inmate phone visitation, length of time the showers operate which eliminates flooding, the commodes which stops flushing of contraband and can control inmate phones.
Jailer’s now use Sydaptic’s SyncGuard system to monitor cell checks, which are made every 30 minutes or every hour. Jailer’s have a hand-held remote control to swipe a radio frequency identification tag that is mounted outside the door of each cell. The information of the inmate’s status is then relayed to the control room.
“We used to have a huge board and it had all kinds of wires on the back of it,” Sheriff Kirby Brumby said. “We used to have to put a lot of things on paper. Now that we have this, we’re able to pull up reports. We can do a better job of keeping track of what we’re doing.”
The commissioners court approved $138,450 for the new system in July 2013. The funds for the system came from the county’s sale of the Goliad Air Park.
“Without a working control system, the jail cannot be used to house inmates,” Brumby said. “The inmates would have had to be moved to another jail facility at a high cost to Goliad County. Again, thank you commissioners court.”