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Steel Fortress Repels Jail Raids (Apr, 1934)

Steel Fortress Repels Jail Raids

CONFRONTED by the danger of being raided by a desperate gang of escaped convicts which has been terrorizing Illinois and Indiana, Marion County, Ind., officials have installed a veritable fortress in their jail to prevent any possible raids.

Following the successful holdups and jailbreaks at Auburn, III., and Peru, Ind., the Madison County officials built the fort to protect the custodians of their prisoners.

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Jail Is Turned into “Fortress” by Machine-Gun Guard Cages (Dec, 1936)

Jail Is Turned into “Fortress” by Machine-Gun Guard Cages

Bulletproof cages, manned by guards armed with machine guns, rifles and tear gas, have been built in an Illinois jail to balk attempted escapes. ‘The cages are equipped with revolving seats from which the guards keep watch through five windows in each cage. The windows have gun ports commanding exits and jail cells.

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NEW LEG SHACKLE HOLDS RUNAWAY PRISONERS (Sep, 1934)

NEW LEG SHACKLE HOLDS RUNAWAY PRISONERS
A new leg shackle that automatically disables a prisoner who tries to run is being tested by the U. S, Division of Investigation. Invented by a seventy-three-year-old Louisiana farmer, it consists of two hinged steel rods, bound to the thigh and lower leg by padded chains. As a prisoner bends his knee sharply in attempting to run a ratchet mechanism in the hinge automatically locks, preventing him from again straightening the leg.

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