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Clinton County Jail Staff Reverts Back To Pen And Paper



Whether it's for a job or personal use, many of us rely on the use of computers these days. The same goes for staff with the Clinton County Sheriff's Department.
But a few weeks ago, the server there crashed and employees haven't been able to use the technology that everyone has become accustomed to. Jail staff is back to using pen and paper for inmate bookings and releases.
"We went back to the old days of just pulling out paper and documenting everything handwritten," said Lt. Craig Eberhart, the jail administrator.
With more than 20 new bookings each week, jail staff have been busy filling out lengthy reports, typically up to five or six pages in length per inmate.
"We document everything that we can learn about the individual," said Eberhart. "We have to document all the property they're bringing in."
Employees have reverted to using a lot of the technology used more than a decade ago -- 
"Today's young generation is definitely used to computers," Eberhart said. "I have a lot of young people on my staff and I think they're just learning how things used to be done without a computer. And things can be done without a computer, it just takes a little more time."
Unfortunately, the tedious process doesn't end when the server is back up and running. Every bit of handwritten information needs to be re-entered into the computer.


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