Belly chain (restraint)

Usage and Purpose of Belly Chains
– Restraints are commonly used in courtrooms, during prisoner transport, and in public situations to prevent escape.
– Belly chains are used for longer periods of restraint, such as during transport or court hearings.
– Belly chains allow some freedom of movement compared to handcuffing the hands behind the back.
– Cuffing the hands to a belly chain provides a more gentle but secure alternative to restraining behind the back.
– High-risk inmates can be shackled with their arms crossed, resembling a straitjacket.

Types of Belly Chains
– There are two main types of belly chains: those with handcuffs attached to the front or side and those with larger links and a steel loop.
– Peerless Model 7002 and Smith & Wesson Model 1800 have handcuffs attached on both sides with a short chain.
– CTS Thompson Model 7008 has handcuffs attached on the sides and directly linked to the belly chain, providing a more severe restraint.
– Combinations like Peerless Model 7705 include leg irons, further restricting movement.
– The other type of belly chain has larger links and a steel loop, allowing for easy insertion of handcuffs and secure placement around the waist.

Restraint Belts as an Alternative
– Leather or nylon belts are often used as an alternative to belly chains.
– Restraint belts have a metal ring on the front for attaching handcuffs.
– The belt is secured around the waist with a buckle and can be locked with a padlock.
– Some models of restraint belts can be used with handcuff covers for added security.
– Restraint belts provide a different method of securing detainees during transport or in courtrooms.

– Inmate Transport Survey and Safe Prisoner Transport provide information on the use of restraints in transportation.
– Alex Handcuffs, Blacksteel, and Stationhouse offer collections and illustrations of various belly chains and handcuffs.
– Combined Systems, Inc. provides information on their products related to restraints.
– CorrectionsOne is a resource for standard operating procedures for handcuffs and handcuffing.
– offers a transport belt with handcuffs and lockable slots for secure prisoner transport.

– Belly chains fall under the categories of chains, physical restraint, law enforcement equipment, and penal imprisonment.
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