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NCJ Number: 75524 Find in a Library
Title: Prisoner Transportation Manual
Corporate Author: California State Dept of Corrections
Publications Coordinator
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 36
Sponsoring Agency: California State Dept of Corrections
Sacramento, CA 94283-0001
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This brochure from the State of California discusses knowledge and skills required to safely transport prisoners, including use of restraint equipment and firearms, vehicles, trip planning and procedures, and vehicle characteristics.
Abstract: General principles to be followed in transporting prisoners include (1) maintaining a positive attitude toward security, (2) expecting escape attempts and remaining vigilant, (3) avoiding the use of force when possible, (4) viewing transportation trips as dangerous assignments rather than excursions, and (5) remaining particularly alert during the latter stages of trips. Standard restraint equipment useful in securing prisoners during transportation include handcuffs, leg irons, and restraint and lead chains. Because restraint equipment is too lightly constructed and can be easily picked, personnel should apply the equipment properly to minimize some of the disadvantages. A modified orthopedic brace has been useful in transporting prisoners on commercial airlines. Standard vehicles lack adequate security equipment and should not be used to transport prisoners. When these vehicles must be used, one officer should remain in the rear seat with the prisoners. An officer should be assigned to each prisoner. Additional prisoners can be transported in vehicles with rear seat screens. Officers should use firearms only to preserve life or when all other apprehension attempts have failed. Officers planning prisoner transportation should develop a trip plan, obtain and check equipment, search prisoners, and meticulously follow the trip plan. Brief examples are included along with drawings, pictures, and footnotes.
Index Term(s): California; Inmate transfers; Police procedures training; Police vans; Prisoner transport
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