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Resource ID: #13396
Subject: Prisons
Source: Progressive Magazine
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Date: Jul-96

Description

The Progressive looks at the stun belt, the latest, and increasingly popular, form of electronic "less lethal" technology. The stun belt shocks its wearers for eight seconds with 50,000 volts of electricity, knocking them to the floor where they may remain incapacitated for as long as fifteen minutes. The belt is rapidly gaining popularity as a control device in U.S. prisons, where it is used during transport of prisoners, medial appointments, and courtroom appearances. Its rise in popularity is tied in part to the return of the chain gang. (July, 1996)

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