Saturday, September 11, 2010


This guy is a movie waiting to be made.
Bob Walsh says: Lethal fences are all well and good. Nothing beats eyes on the ground.
By Jeff Doyle
PACOVILLA Corrections blog
September 10, 2010
Escaped prisoner defeated electric fence
STERLING – An inmate who escaped from one of the most secure prisons in the state bypassed a lethal electric fence surrounding the prison by grounding himself and going under the fence, 9Wants to Know has learned…
Douglas Alward escaped from the Sterling Correctional Facility on Aug. 22 and was found near a cornfield in Yuma County three days later after taking a woman hostage.
Alward, who escaped from state prisons twice before and a county courthouse once, was serving a 20- to 40-year prison sentence for convictions of attempted murder, assault, burglary and kidnapping…
Alward used a home made ladder created from copper that he got inside the prison to get over the razor wire on top of the fence closest to the prison…
Yards from the first fence is a "stun-lethal" electric fence designed to stun an inmate when touched the first time.
The fence then goes into lethal mode and charges with enough electricity to instantly kill anything that touches it a second time.
"The electric fence was operational but this individual devised a way to defeat that," Zavaras said.
"He found a way to ground himself," Zavaras said. "I don’t want to go into particulars for obvious reasons."…
Alward went under the electric fence and then over the final fence…(Full text at
What with all the cell phones in our prisons, how long do you suppose word of how Alward beat the zapper is widespread? Of course, in typical California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation fashion, that won’t be a concern until it happens…

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