Small “pocket-sized” grenades… that can be launched from a revolver.
Because sometimes it’s not just the good guys who get the weird stuff.
The lower Michigan peninsula (like many areas) has a problem with Slavers. However, they do not identify themselves as “slavers” and will claim to be Agents of the Michigan Emergency Prisoner Workfare System, or MEPWS.
History of the Michigan Emergency Prisoner Workfare System
The MEPWS dates back to the beginning of Maxwell’s Militia. When the Militia seized power, it had to make decisions about the fate of prisoners held in Michigan’s jails. Many (mostly old, sick and non-white) were killed, but some inmates were incorporated into a “Prisoner Workfare” system where they were given the choice of working or starving.
The system was always corrupt (especially with the female prisoners) but – in general – the prisoners were a useful asset. They were used on farms, road repair and in the more dangerous salvage operations. Also, the Militia found that some prisoners had useful skills such as mechanics and welders. The MEPWS was so useful to the Militia that it “became necessary” to keep prisoners for life. Propaganda stated that the Prisoners were incapable of life “outside” and needed to be kept under supervision. In other words, there would be no chance of parole, or even release. Children born to female prisoners were given the status of “inmate by birth”.
The MEPWS operated for decades and partially survived the collapse of Maxwell’s Militia. It now operates out of pre-war Prison facilities in Ionia and Jackson. Naturally, it is on very good terms with the Steel Crusaders.