This might take care of that pesky "big government" problem eh? (Thanks Nyc Labret)
It cost $850,000 to start this up and it will begin as a pilot at one prison, in March of next year. If that goes well, the program will be expanded.
The robots will have sensors that will detect changes in prisoner behavior (mostly at night) and report back to the officer in charge.
If this is successful, others will take note. Expect, in the near future, perhaps robotic campus security, store detectives etc.