y2k and prisons

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I have been emailing local and national t.v. news show regarding a question that I have. No response as of yet. So much for investigative reporting.

My question is, will our county and federal prison systems be compliant and if not ready in time, what will happen on 010100? Are they able to go off line, are the systems date sensitive? If anyone has knowledge of the modern computerized prison systems please respond.


-- Beth Tams (lulu010101@aol.com), January 03, 1999


I have been asking this question for some time. Look back to previous threads. I have found one article concerning the prisons. If you do better, I would like to know.

-- Linda A. (adahi@muhlon.com), January 03, 1999.

I read an article somewhere about Prisons - maybe the GN site - an official said that, half jokingly, the Prisons would be safer than outside, with plenty of food and water being stockpiled prior to d- day for the guards and inmates.

-- Andy (2000EOD@prodigy.net), January 03, 1999.

I vaguely recall reading that on North's site, too, but also there is this:

A GN Y2K Prison Article

-- Jack (jsprat@eld.net), January 03, 1999.

The article I read was at Y2kToday, I think. It gave two different opinions. One opinion was that the doors would open. The other was "no problem." I am getting tired of hearing that statement. "No problem" If there are no prolems, why are we and everyone else discussing the issue?

-- Linda A. (adahi@muhlon.com), January 03, 1999.

I was listening to a speaker on the radio talk about Federal Maximum Security Prisons which house the inmates UNDERGROUND. THE ENTIRE CELL SYSTEM IS BURIED UNDERGROUND TO PREVENT ESCAPE. He was talking about Kozinsky and Tim McVeigh being housed there together. I was thinking as they talked What happens if there are Y2K problems with THAT prison!? NO AIR? NO ELEVATORS? Both Guards and prisoners trapped? I hope they are addressing the problem.

-- Ann Fisher (zyax55b@prodigy.com), January 03, 1999.

The national, state, and local media have completely ignored prisons - not discussing any of the effects of loss of electricity, lights, security cameras, heat, ventilation, remote jail door releases, food, water, fire fighting, radios, surveilance arc lights, indoor room lights, sewage, etc.

the whole thing is very frightening - more so for the inmates (who face death (?) if life support is lost for days), and guards (who face loss of control of their charges and release of escapees to the public) than for the public at large.

Biggest problem is that the public officials most responsible don't want to talk about it for fear of bad publicity - and either aren't capable or don't want to "practice" worst case scenarios ahead of time.

-- Robert A. Cook, P.E. (Kennesaw GA) (cook.r@csaatl.com), January 04, 1999.

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