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Prison drug scanners present headache for defence counsel, inmates' families

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 @ 2:05 PM | By Amanda Jerome

When it comes to visiting inmates in prison everyone from grandmothers to defence counsel is searched for drugs.

Correctional Service Canada (CSC) uses ion mobility spectrometry devices to scan visitors before each visit. The scanners are known to be highly sensitive and can detect even a nanogram of drugs present on clothing or accessories. If an individual’s scan comes back positive they are refused entry, which can pose an especially difficult challenge for defence counsel trying to visit a client behind bars.

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