Correctional breaching: Fence & wire breaching

Do you know how to get through a fence quickly when you need to?


Chain link fencing, along with razor and barbed wire, are probably the most used security features in the United States.  Easier to construct and maintain, this type of security feature is used abundantly in most correctional environments. Any breach plan in a prison or correctional center is likely to encounter some type of chain-link fencing or razor/barbed wire.  Knowledge of construction and design is essential information for the Breachers on your CERT or special response teams.

Perimeter fencing, boundary fences, area denial, recreation cages, and ball fields are just some the many forms of chain-link/razor wire fencing that can be found in today’s correctional centers. A quick look around where you work will probably identify many more that go unnoticed every day.

Correctional Fencing

The most common type of fencing is, of course, perimeter fencing. Most of the medium and minimum security prisons around the country use some form of perimeter fencing. Perimeter fencing is usually tall, heavy duty chain-link fence with razor or barbed wire strung across the top and often with multiple fences forming layered security. Even the old penitentiaries add chain-link or razor wire to the top of their thick stone walls for extra security.

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