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Innovation example: Guard’s idea to store inmate images differently

Massachusetts department of correction

The Massachusetts Department of Correction oversees the state prison system, which includes 15 facilities across the state of Massachusetts. It is in charge of people sentenced to prison, parole, probation, or house arrest. 

Inmate pictures idea and implementation

Innovation can happen anytime and anywhere. One of the amazing innovation examples is when A Guard at the Massachusetts Department of Corrections realized that the inmate pictures were not stored efficiently. He suggested instead of taking pictures with film and keeping them in an old-fashioned manner, he proposed using digital cameras to create a database for image storage. A prison may not seem like a place with huge innovation potential, but still, the authorities considered the idea. 

innovation example inmate pictures

 

Results

The department had 16 correctional institutions and the idea of saving inmate pictures digitally saved them over $56,000 on film in the first year of installation alone. 

This is another fine example of how an employee’s idea helped cut costs. We previously saw a similar example with Swan vesta and there must be countless others. Encouraging employees to share their ideas has changed the fortunes of organizations – it helped them cut costs, increase revenue, open up new market segments and even save lives. Your employees too might have life-changing ideas.

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