||Sergeant Tom Graham|
||Inmate Law Library|
||April 28, 2010|
||Lincoln County Jail|
The Lincoln County Jail has launched a new online law library system for the inmates. The Lincoln County Jail sought more efficient and cost effective ways to deliver required law library services to the inmate population. Computers were installed in each of the jailís housing units using specialized security cabinets and keyboards. The inmates access the law library through an online web service provided by LexixNexis. Inmates are restricted to the law library site only and can not browse anywhere else on the internet. This type of network security was essential to ensure public safety and was provided by Lincoln Countyís Information Technology department and LexisNexis.
The project was paid for by using funds from the jailís inmate commissary revenue. All equipment, related materials and labor was paid for through the profits generated by the commissary program. The new online service is located in six locations and does not require moving inmates and updating the legal information manually, therefore freeing up staff time for other security functions. The Jail staff feels this in an excellent example of the use of technology to improve efficiency in a cost effective manner.