Jail Sells Visitation Monitor Ad Space

Florida's Charlotte County Jail now sells ad space on the jail visitation monitors used by inmates and visitors. The service is expected to raise at least $77,000 dollars per year; the money will be spent on jail services to inmates.


(Jail advertising on visitation monitors)

In some ways, this could be seen as a clever use of resources, particularly since giving inmates added services to reduce recidivism can be done without additional taxation of residents.

On any given night there are nearly 500 inmates in the Charlotte County jail. Many get video visitors, which sparked an idea, and now untapped ad space is up for grabs inside the jail.

"We're trying to give them a lot of resources, but we need money for the resources," Lt. Wilson says.

The county is capitalizing on its captive audience, targeting inmates and their visitors with ads for services they might need -- like an attorney.

"I thought instantly, this is a great opportunity," Attorney Tauna Bogle says.

Bogle is the first advertiser to sign on. Her annual ad costs about $1,500. It will reach an estimated 55,000 jail visitors in just one year.

On the other hand, it's easy to see how this idea might go horribly wrong. I was just thinking about the recent case of the Luzerne County, PA judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan. The two men accepted $2.6 million in payoffs to put juvenile offenders in lockups run by PA Child Care LLC and a sister company, Western PA Child Care LLC.

Let's suppose that officials notice that some ads bring in more money than others. Let's suppose that they conspire to arrest, oh I don't know, people who have structured settlements and need cash now. Now that's the way to raise more money.

I was also thinking about the different efforts that advertisers were making to make sure that plenty of eyeballs were watching ads online. There's one way to make sure those eyeballs are seeing what they're supposed to be seeing. And jails do offer the ultimate in captive audiences.


(Clockwork Orange: A bit of the old vid for the glazzies)

From Charlotte County jail sells ad space for inmates via Frolix_8.

Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 10/10/2009)

Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.

| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |

Would you like to contribute a story tip? It's easy:
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add it here.

Comment/Join discussion ( 0 )

Related News Stories - (" Media ")

'Facetime Facelift' Beautifies Video Chats
Always look your best - on Facetime.

Meeting Wendy Of Wendy's
Wendy of Wendys meet Rondald of McDonald's.

Narrative Science And Phil Dick's Homeostatic Newspaper
'The structure... was once a great homeostatic newspaper, the New York Times.'

BookTrack Adds Sound To Books
I really don't think this is a very good idea. Readers?

 

Google
  Web TechNovelgy.com   

Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for the Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary, the Invention Timeline, or see what's New.

 

 

 

 

 

Current News

SpaceX Starhopper Has Flash Gordon Style
SpaceX makes retro cool spacecraft.

Mindar The Robot Buddhist Priest Offers A Blessing
'Not working is the hardest work of all.'

Does Your Company Need A 'Chief Dreamer'?
As far as the future is concerned 'they're the only experts we have'.

Helios Modular Touch Screen Wall Lights
'The walls and ceiling bore an irregular spacing of illuminum tiles...'

Zephyr Solar-Electric Stratospheric Drone
'The planes flew continuously, twenty-four hours a day...'

Robot Hummingbird Hovers Biomimetically
'With a buzz... it started out on its journey.'

Harvest Water From Air With Sunlight
'The atmosphere yielded its moisture with reluctance.'

Capitalist Big Brother Co-Opts Regular Big Brother
'It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time.'

A Floating Cosmodrome
'...a single perfectly level platform, which rose so high above the water that it was not splashed by the waves.'

First Artificial Memory Formed In Animals
'Is an extra-factual memory that convincing?' Quail asked.

Maintain Your Megastructure
Megastructures have repair robots, which have repair robots, ad infinitum.

Venezuelans Teaching Your Self-Driving Car
‘She wouldn't stop until Antar had told her everything he knew...’

Robothread Robotic Worms Crawling Through Your Brain
Perfect for clot-busting in the human brain. No Raquel Welch and no lasers, though.

Vantablack BMW X6 Is Douglas Adams Approved
'It's so... black!' said Ford Prefect.

Humanoid Robot's Muscles Biomimic Ours
'It is remarkable that the long leverages of their machines are in most cases actuated by a sort of sham musculature...'

Animatronic Robotic Baby Exposed
'The birth of Machine, my robot child...'

More SF in the News Stories

More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories

Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise |
Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.