Harford to Use ‘Blue Boxes’ on Handcuffs to Foil Escapes
The Harford County Sheriff’s Office has acquired 25 “blue boxes” that prevent inmates from potentially slipping out of their handcuffs. The devices fit over the chain of each cuff and link both cuffs.
Blue boxes limit the mobility of the wrist and also prevents access to the keyhole.
Hiatt-Thompson charged $500 for the 25 units, which will provide additional security for inmates classified as escape risks.
The sheriff’s office decided to obtain the devices after a 31-year-old inmate slipped out of his cuffs, bell chain, and leg irons during an scheduled examination at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) from the Baltimore Sun (02/08/07); P. 2B; Mitchell, Josh.