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If inmates at Webster County Jail see a correctional officer looking for a black glove, they better start behaving.

Coming in contact with these gloves could be a truly shocking experience.

Gloves can deliver an electric shock ranging from 210 volts to 320 volts. A correctional officer need only touch the inmate with the glove to release the tension.

These gloves look like something from a comic book or a sci-fi movie, but they are very real. These are the most recent tools available to prison staff to control unruly inmates. The use of gloves is safer for correctional officers and inmates. Officers do not find themselves in a wrestling fight with an inmate, which could injure them and the inmate. And while the inmates get a healthy zap, they won’t be hit by Taser darts or anything else that could injure or incapacitate them.

These gloves are called GLOVE, which stands for generated low output voltage emitter.

The Webster County Jail is apparently the first in the state to use them.

The prison also recently received an E band restrictor, which is an ankle band that can provide a similar dose of tension. It will be placed on detainees going to court or to a doctor’s office. If the inmate tries to escape or gets out of control, a correctional officer only needs to press a button on a remote control to provide electricity.

We salute Webster County Jail Administrator Shawna Dencklau for thinking of innovative ways to maintain control of disruptive inmates in a way that is safe for prison staff and inmates themselves.

Obtaining the E-Band Gloves and Restrictor was made possible by a grant of $ 2,300 from Webster County Crime Stoppers. This group saw the value of this equipment and donated the money that allowed the county to purchase it.

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Mark M. Gagnon