Detention Security Hollow Metal Doors in Prisons

Detention security hollow metal doors and frames have been successfully used in detention and correctional facilities throughout the world. Architects, specifiers and end users understand the advantages of using Detention Security Hollow Metal in these applications.

HARDWARE INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE

To understand the advantages of hollow metal construction, consider first the hardware installation for the swinging door of a typical bar-grille cell front. The security hinges and lock encasement are actually accessible to the inmate since he is able to reach through the bars. Therefore, in many cases, the lock encasement must be continuously welded assemblies with cover plates welded in place to prevent inmate tampering. This situation makes repairs and maintenance both difficult and expensive.

For example, to repair a lock it is necessary to cut the cover plate loose with a torch, repair or replace the lock, then weld a new cover plate back in place. In the hollow metal assembly, the lock is mounted in a reinforced pocket, inside the door or frame and is protected by a heavy gauge cover plate fastened with security screws.

The flush type detention hollow metal door, severely limits the inmate’s access and visibility in any attempts to tamper with the cover plate and lock. Since inmate tampering is limited by the flush hollow metal design, cover plates and access panels can be mounted with tamper resistant screws in most cases rather than welding, thereby reducing the cost of installation, repair and maintenance.

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