There is a prison next to my fire station, and they were kind enough to let us start working out in their training building. In that building they have a large display of the home made weapons and tools found over the years. There are a large collection of sharpened toothbrushes and small poking weapons that you would expect. Some of the stuff is pretty advanced. Grappling hooks, brass knuckles (looks like a sand casting). Knives made from big pieces of plate glass, spoons, lawnmower blades, sharpened steel bits of what looks like fence wire. There are home made nunchucks, a lock-and-sock kind of thing, and a plastic knuckles kind of thing with sharp bits of metal embedded in the front. There's a knife/cleaver/axe thing in there that would not be out of place on a midevil pole axe. There are also a couple of tattoo guns and a couple of zip-guns. The guns are made of some pipe and hose clamps and such and as near as I can tell by looking through plexiglass, should work for at least one shot. I remember that they had a murder of an Officer hear a couple years ago and that was a pretty sobering thought. She was stabbed repeatedly by an inmate in the auto shop here. I have run on a few assaults here in my years, but never saw any of the weapons before.
But the thought I took away with me is that restricting "objects" is ridiculous . In the most secure of environments, there are still ways to be armed. Even with firearms. There is a training range next door and I remember when inmate workers used to clean up there. It's not hard to imagine them being able to smuggle a round or two back inside, and visitors are caught smuggling here all the time.
The final lesson is pretty simple. I don't want to ever go to prison, but I sure am glad some people are locked away.
I tried to take some pics, but the glare on the glass was pretty bad. If anybody cares, I can try again with a better camera.