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NCJ Number: 98364 Find in a Library
Title: Contraband Control and the Use of X-Rays in the Prison Environment
Journal: Pacific Law Journal  Volume:16  Issue:2  Dated:(January 1985)  Pages:409-430
Author(s): P S Sexton
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 20
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This comment considers the legal issues associated with the use of low-level radiation as an alternative to present methods for detecting contraband on inmate visitors or on inmates at the conclusion of a contact visit.
Abstract: An assessment of current x-ray technology finds that modern machines can deliver medically safe doses of radiation to prisoners and their visitors on a routine basis. An analysis of the constitutional challenges likely to be encountered by those seeking to implement x-ray searches in prisons focuses on the privacy issue. The case law examined concerns searches at U.S. borders, in airports, and in prisons by means other than x-ray. The courts' willingness to permit extensive privacy invasions (including body cavity searches of inmates) when important government interests are involved leads the author to conclude that the use of low-level radiation to search prisoners and their contact visitors is constitutional. A total of 168 footnotes are provided.
Index Term(s): Corrections internal security; Inmate visits; Judicial decisions; Prisoner's rights; Right of privacy; Search and seizure; X-Ray Technology
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