Women’s prison to benefit from security fencing for first time


A women’s prison in the US state of Minnesota is to benefit from security fencing for the first time; it has been confirmed.

The Minnesota Correctional Facility for Women in Shakopee was noted for being the only correctional facility in the state not to have installed a security fence. Still, now security measures mean the construction of perimeter fencing has become necessary.

Rather than safeguard against escapees, as most observers would imagine, the fencing will actually serve the opposite purpose as well – stopping trespassers from entering the facility.

Shakopee Warden Tracy Beltz explained to Kare 11 News: “Many of the women here have been in horrible relationships involving domestic violence. They’ve had men in their past threaten to do them harm while they’re here.”

The fence will also benefit neighbours who will feel safer knowing the prison has been made more secure. Speaking to the same news network, Lindsay Barker, who lives close to the Minnesota Correctional Facility, said: “I figured if someone were smart enough to escape from prison they’d hopefully go more than a block away, but the fence will take care of that, so I feel safe.”

The first perimeter fence in the history of the prison will cost around £3.5 million. Up until now, there has merely been a hedge around the outside of the prison, leaving both the inmates and outside residents far less secure than they will be after the construction of the high-security fencing.

There are around 640 inmates in the facility serving time behind bars for several offences. The facility is also close to an elementary school, which might make the security fencing an even more essential measure in some.

Some residents have voiced a concern that the fence blends into the look and feel of the neighbourhood, and it is expected that designers will take this into account when considering its layout.

The investment in the fence was lobbied for by Senator Eric Pratt of Prior Lake. It is reported the fence will be manufactured from iron rather than being built from brick and wire.

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About Zaun

Zaun Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems that manufactures the entire system in the UK.  Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.  Products have been tested and approved by testing organisations including CPNI, LPCB and Secured by Design.

Zaun works very closely with all stakeholders within the business including employees, local, national and international suppliers and a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high-quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating PIDs and other systems into holistic security solutions.

Zaun was founded in 1996 and remains a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai. They are certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard. It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association (PSSA), of which Alastair Henman is a director.

Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest-growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.

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