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Gimbel Frisk and Search Gloves, Office of Law Enforcement Technology Commercialization (OLETC) Case Study

A correctional officer prepares to pat down an inmate, carefully following departmental safety protocol by putting on a pair of latex gloves, double-gloving for extra security. The hypodermic needle, hidden in the seam of the government-issued pants, is an inch long and extremely sharp, and was most recently used by this prisoner to inject heroin, leaving a trace amount of blood in the needle. He, like over 34,0001 prisoners in America’s prisons and jails, is HIV-positive and was also infected with Hepatitis C three years ago. As the correctional officer slides his gloved hands along the inner seam of the pants, the dirty needle pierces his latex gloves.

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