The Inmate Property department at the Arapahoe County Detention Center in Englewood, Colorado, had outgrown its storage space. The outdated system needed to be replaced and capacity expanded, yet adding more space was not an option.
“Headquarters had already installed high-density mobile storage systems for inmate property and evidence storage and records, so I knew what I wanted,” said Inmate Property Supervisor Sue White. At her supervisor’s recommendation, White contacted Phyllis Aragon at Spacesaver to work out a solution.
With the space saved by the powered, compact storage system, the department was able to add a mechanical-assist mobile system with larger shelves in the same area for bulk property like backpacks, TV sets, sometimes an inmate’s entire life history — longer-term items that were previously in satellite storage and only accessible through doors that people in other departments had to open and close. “The Spacesaver mobile system has cut down dramatically on lost inmate property,” said White. “It has also reduced the ugly smells that come along with maintaining personal property. It was an instant storage solution.”
“Having items clean, neat and easy to access has greatly reduced the stress on the staff and made their lives easier,” said White. “The Spacesaver system is wonderful,” said inmate property staff member Nancy Cox. “It has certainly made our job more enjoyable and less stressful! And lost property is no longer a problem.”