Let the Inmates off the leash!

More genius from North Carolina: Now they use dog leashes on inmates. This is downright sick.

Yes indeed,

The Alexander Correctional Institution has been ordered to stop using a leash-like tether on its inmates until the device is tested and evaluated by the state.

The maximum security prison in Taylorsville has been using the nylon tether on some inmates since about the time it opened last year.

As described in this article The tether is about 2 1/2 feet long and made of nylon webbing with a loop handle at one end and a clip at the other. Corrections officers attach the clip to the waist chain on inmates who also have their legs shackled and their arms handcuffed behind their back. The officers, walk behind the inmate allowing them to hold the tether loop instead of putting hands on the inmate.


Gideon's Guardians said...

wow don't even know how to comment on this one. Even our state hasn't gotten that bad. janet

Tom McKenna said...

Chill, folks... an inmate who represents a threat to himself or the deputies or anyone else needs to be controlled. This method, which is NOT leashing the neck, actually allows an inmate more range of movement than the alternative, which is to have a deputy physically grab the guy and direct his smallest movement.

It's silly to react like this is a violation of human rights when it really is nothing other than commonsense restraint for troublesome inmates. You all know well that all that stuff comes off for court (except in the most unusual cases). What do these guys expect? fur-lined cuffs? Fortunately the only one who even raise an eyebrow are the ACLU and the fringe defense bar-- good luck convincing any normal people that this is a big deal.

Anonymous said...

I work at this facility in the Seg. Unit. This blog post is trash. The Inmates are not in full restraints like this post states. The Inmates were only placed in handcuffs behind thier backs with the tethers attached. No waist chains or the leg cuff like this person claims.

Dont belive everything you read on the internet people, and surely dont belive what a person that doesnt even know how this stuff works says. (Why would you put a waist chain on a Inmate that is cuffed behind his back ???)

Plus, what good did this do? Yeah, they took the tethers out of the facility. But, 2 sets of handcuffs done just right works the same way as a tether and is perfectly legal, humain, and well within all DOC POLICIES.