Southeast Nebraska Jail Testing System to Reduce Inmate Suicides


BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — The Gage County jail in southeast Nebraska is testing a system that its creators say will reduce inmate suicides.

The system is called AliveLock and was developed by Pacific Place Enterprises LLC, which is based in Lincoln.

A special bracelet placed on an inmate wirelessly transmits vital signs to a central location. An alarm is triggered and jailers are notified if the inmate's vital signs become unstable.

The device doesn't prevent suicide attempts, but Gage County Sheriff Millard "Gus" Gustafson says the alarm will give jailers the precious seconds that could mean the difference between life and death for the inmate.