Inmates have nothing but time to get creative. Marc Steinmetz photographs some of the confiscated contraband.
Shotgun made from iron bedposts; charge made of pieces of lead from curtain tape and match-heads, ignited by AA batteries and a broken light bulb. Two inmates took a jailer as a hostage and escaped by car in 1984.
Tattoo gun made from a toothbrush handle, a pen and an electric motor. Tattooing instruments are a common source of income among inmates but are banned due to the danger of Aids and Hepatitis infection.
Made from razor blades, iailbirds use these tools to distill ethanol for alcoholic beverages. Your typical inmate’s moonshine still includes a plastic can containing fermented fruit or juice, an immersion coil of some sort, a rubber hose and a plastic receptacle for the booze.