51. First aid kits, medical protective clothing and equipment, and medical litters will be placed
where they are readily available to custodial personnel.
52. Fire prevention systems. Both local and transmitted water flow alarms will be provided for all
automatic sprinkler systems except for patient-occupied areas of hospitals where local alarms will
be omitted. Transmittal alarms will activate at continuously attended duty desks (in addition to
those at fire department headquarters). Where feasible, automatic sprinkler systems will be
installed in buildings of combustible construction that house military prisoners and in prison shops
regardless of the type of construction.
53. Automatic fire alarm systems will be installed for the protection of life and critical material.
They will be installed at isolated small locations requiring installed protection, but where automatic
sprinkler protection is not feasible. Automatic fire alarm systems will also be installed in
combustible buildings confining military prisoners under lock and key, if automatic sprinkler
protection is not feasible. (Both local and transmitted alarms must be provided for these systems.)
54. Normally in all built-up areas, exterior fire reporting facilities will consist of fire reporting
telephone systems. Where economically justified, fire alarm systems of the telegraphic type may be
authorized, in lieu of fire reporting telephones. Extensions of existing systems will be compatible
with existing equipment. Fire reporting telephone systems, including switchboards, enunciators,
telephones, and connecting circuits, will be installed and maintained per AR 42090.
55. Smoke detectors. Hard-wired detectors will be used. Battery powered detectors may be used
as an interim measure. If battery powered detectors are used, monthly checks for proper operation
PART C The United States Disciplinary Barracks.
1. The USDB at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas is the only maximum-security prison in the DOD. It is
the oldest penal institution in continuous operation in the federal system. Operations at the prison
started in May 1875 and have continued to this date. Its mission is to incarcerate US military
prisoners sentenced to long terms of confinement, and conduct correctional and treatment programs
to maintain good order and discipline and reduce recidivism upon release; and, on order, provide
trained and ready Soldiers to conduct worldwide deployments in support of contingency operations.
With the opening of the new USDB in September 2002, operations continue in a state-of-the-art
correctional facility. Groundbreaking for the new facility took place in June 1998 and the facility
was turned over to the Army on August 1, 2002. The design is based upon modern prison standards
modified to fit the unique military mission requirements of the USDB.
2. The old USDB covered 12 † acres and was surrounded by a rock wall that varied in height from
14 to 41 feet and it had a 10-acre fenced outside recreation area. The new USDB encompasses
about 51 acres and is located on the northern part of Fort Leavenworth on the site of the former
USDB Farm Colony. The new USDB is surrounded by two 14-foot fences and contains an open-air
recreation yard. The new facility is divided into two zones. One zone houses the general population
inmates in three main housing units. The other zone, separated from inmate housing, contains the
command group, directorates of inmate administration, treatment programs, vocational training,