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NCJ Number: 149900 Find in a Library
Title: Deterring Escapees Through Comprehensive Perimeter Security
Journal: Corrections Today  Volume:56  Issue:4  Dated:(July 1994)  Pages:142,144-146
Author(s): L F McManus Jr; J C Conner
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 4
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A correctional facility's perimeter security system should be designed to attain three objectives: psychological deterrence of inmate escape attempts, physical barrier that is difficult and time-consuming to negotiate, and ease of surveillance for correctional officers.
Abstract: Perimeter security systems are comprised of between one and three fences, depending on the security level of the facility. Fences are usually 12 feet high; the distance in double-fence configurations ranges from 20 to 25 feet across. Multiple fences also prevent inmates from passing contraband across the fence and prevents anyone from tampering with fence sensors or alarm systems. Fences can incorporate many features including barbed tape, fence-mounted sensors, closed-circuit television, underground seismic systems, and microwave or infrared detection devices near the fence line. The specific combination of features is chosen by correctional security specialists based on the institution's security classification, staff experience and training, and the security threat from outside the facility. 4 references
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Computers; Facility security; Perimeter security
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