Should Ohio use drones to help guard state prisons?

The Dayton Daily News reports that Ohio’s Department of Rehabilitation and Correction is considering testing the use of drones to guard state prisons as an “augmentation of our existing security staff.”

The newspaper says the state corrections department will be taking public comments until Aug. 9 before deciding whether to test drones at two prisons in Warren County in southwest Ohio, with three options under consideration to carry cameras aloft over the prisons. Option one would be to put the camera(s) in a tethered helium balloon; another would use a quad-copter; and a third option would use a fixed-wing vehicle.

The cameras might be equipped with infrared sensors “to detect people outside the fences approaching after dark to throw contraband — tobacco, drugs or even weapons — inside for inmates to pick up,” the Daily News reports. … (Read more)