Franklin County investing in stun cuffs for prisoner transport

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 20 at 5:20 PM

(KMOV.com) -- Franklin County authorities are going high tech next month when they take prisoners to court.

The county bought a $1,200 stun-cuff, that can be strapped to the back of a prisoner’s leg  like a parole monitor.

If a prisoner tries to run off or goes after someone the stuf-cuffed can be fired remotely.

“This is a less than lethal force option. When discharged it will distract an individulal all they are feeling is pain,” said Franklin County Jail Superintendent Captain Dave Boehm. “Their mind goes to the fact they are in pain and it allows us to get the individual to the floor and cuff them em in a safer manner.”

Dispite it’s cost, Captain Boehm says the stun cuff could save the county money in the long run.

Because it can be hidden under pants, it reduces the risk of a juror seeing a defendant in restraints.. which could cause a mistrial.

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