Fascinated by yesterday's look at objects designed for prisons, I started looking at furniture and fixtures in the category. Whereas the objects must be designed with anti-smuggling features, furniture and fixtures must focus on anti-harm while fulfilling their original function.
Nothing on this 10-gauge steel desk can be removed and weaponized, and it eliminates the need for a loose chair or stool (which could easily be wielded as a weapon or broken down into smaller implements). The desk has two open storage shelves, a bar on the side to hang a towel, and a permanently attached swivel stool.
These hooks, like the ones above, are designed to collapse when a certain amount of weight (generally 8-30 pounds, they're adjustable during installation) are placed on them--so that prisoners cannot intentionally choke themselves if they get their hands on anything ropelike.
Since a metal tube would be a no-go, this "lightweight polyethylene foam rod is strong enough to support the shower curtain, but will collapse under an increased load, preventing its use for suicidal purposes." It attaches to the wall via hook-and-loop, which also makes it impossible to hang yourself from.
Up next, we'll look at an unusual prison object that's becoming obsolete.