MARCY – Several makeshift handcuff keys made from headphone jacks were discovered recently at Marcy Correctional Facility, according to the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA).
NYSCOPBA says that officers in the Residential Mental Health Unit found one of the makeshift keys on an inmate on Jan. 31, and three additional keys were found during an investigation during the following two weeks. The three keys were voluntarily turned over by inmates.
According to NYSCOPBA, the keys were made by taking state-issued headphone jacks and hollowing them out to make them fit into the lock of a handcuff. The keys could be used to open up both wrist and leg restraints.
“This is a pointed reminder that certain inmates will attempt to manipulate and manufacture makeshift weapons and tools that they can use against inmates or staff,” said Scott Carpenter, central region vice president for NYSCOPBA, in a news release. “The restraints are used to control inmates who are dangerous and possibly will hurt staff or other inmates. It certainly could have created a very dangerous environment for everyone involved, if not for the discovery.”