Oregon's Prisons

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Prisons will be secure on New Year's Eve

For one thing, he said, the default setting on
the locking mechanisms is "off." That means a
computer or power failure would lock the doors
rather than open them.

I've read this before, but then they say . . .

For another, the doors in 12 of the state's 13
penal institutions are pneumatic, or driven by
compressed air. Any computer problem would trigger
backup generators, which can supply enough air to
keep the doors closed for several hours. That would
be plenty of time for correctional officers to
manually lock the cell doors holding back Oregon's
521 women inmates and 9,364 men inmates.

Now they are saying that they need the generators
running to keep the doors closed.

Did they test the back-up system? Did they read the
Century Corp./NIST report say that they should have
checked embedded chips without date functions also?

In addition, the tactical response teams posted at
the state's medium-security prisons will be available
for duty, Bartlett said -- just in case anything
unforeseen happens with those doors.

Yep, January 01 will provide your best chance for
freedom. :-'


-- spider (spider0@usa.net), December 02, 1999


Thanks for the tip Spidey.

-- Porky (Porky@in.cellblockD), December 02, 1999.

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