The history of the Westville Correctional Facility, a Medium Security facility located in Westville, began in 1949.
Beatty Memorial Hospital, a state run mental health facility, opened its doors to 135 mentally disabled Hoosiers in February of 1951.
In 1974, Governor Otis Bowen and the Indiana legislature then transferred Beatty Memorial Hospital to the Department of Correction. In July of 1979, following renovations and additions, 1200 offenders were transferred to the Westville Correctional Facility. Today, the population is approximately 3,200.
The Indiana Department of Correction recognized the need to update the perimeter security of the facility and contracted with Security Automation Systems (SAS) out of Indianapolis, IN to renovate the existing perimeter security with state-of-the-art technology.
SAS worked with staff from the Indiana Department of Correction to identify the needs of the facility and to implement a plan, which consisted of replacing an obsolete non-lethal electric fence (NLEF) system with a new system from Gallagher.
The new NLEF system from Gallagher featured their new K20 tensioner link system and multi-zone fence controllers. Coupled with motion sensors, networked Pan-Tilt-Zoom and thermal imaging cameras, all of which are controlled and monitored over a fiber optic network, the Gallagher system provides an effective means of security for the facility.
» Motion sensors
» Fiber optic network
» Pan-tilt-zoom cameras
» Thermal imaging cameras
» Gallagher system
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"As the Jail Commander, I have had the pleasure of working with Security Automation Systems (SAS) on two different projects. The new addition was a phased project and given our facility was occupied, SAS worked closely with me, my staff and the construction manager to make the turnover as quick and efficient as possible to minimize our down time. We only experienced approximately 30 minutes of actual down time. This is pretty impressive. "