On January 20, 1995, the CDC issued emergency regulations prohibiting guards from shooting prisoners to break up fistfights. Until now, guards with high-powered rifles had routinely shot prisoners engaged in fistfights. Armed guards are posted within CDC prison security perimeters, even in the housing units.
As part of the changes in the shooting policy the CDC is issuing non lethal weapons to guards, including pepper gas, to provide an alternative to shooting and killing prisoners in fist fights and other minor altercations.
Source: New York Times, 1/21/95
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