(a)  All windows shall open and close to provide ventilation unless mechanical cooling or forced air circulation is provided.

(b)  Windows shall be constructed of such material to contain persons within the enclosed area and to provide security from without.

(c)  Windows in inspection corridors shall be designed to maximum security specifications using tool‑resistant steel bars or members (equivalent to Bayley AN‑1, SG‑1, or SN‑1, or Southern Steel Co. Type AST or SST) unless the confinement unit has a tool‑resisting steel grating enclosure.

(d)  Windows in the inspection corridor shall be designed to moderate security detention using mild steel bars and members (equivalent to Bayley SG‑1, AN‑2 or SN‑2) if the confinement unit has a tool‑resisting grating enclosure.

(e)  Local lockups are the only exception to (c) and (d) if the windows are fixed, inaccessible, or they otherwise present no threat to safety or security.

(f)  Windows shall have protective or security screening to prevent the passing of contraband except where approved exterior fencing is provided.

(g)  Security screening shall be of a type to protect glass from damage and prevent the passage of contraband if inmates have access to windows (see Rule .1529 and .1530 of this Section).

(h)  Windows shall be glazed with diffused or obscured glass or an approved synthetic material which admits light to all confinement areas if they afford a view into the confinement area from outside.

(i)  Skylights shall meet the same requirements for light transmission and security windows, except that skylights need not be ventilating units.

(j)  Windows in the booking area shall be of an approved type and construction to provide security and protection for the area.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 153A‑220; 153A‑221;

Eff. June 1, 1990;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. January 5, 2016.