ODSecurity2016-04-14 10:42:18

70% of state prisoners and 64% of federal prisoners used drugs regularly

As prisoners find more ingenious methods of smuggling contraband into correctional facilities, so correctional facilities must find more ingenious methods of detecting smuggled contraband!

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the US announced in December 2015 that deaths from drug overdoses are at an all-time high, with 61% from Heroin and Opiate use. This is expounded in the correctional facilities, where addiction is an omnipresent problem faced the world over.

In Manawatu Prison, New Zealand the amount of drugs people have tried to smuggle has doubled in the past five years. In a recent report released under the Official Information Act, figures showed in 2014-15, there were 118 instances of drugs being seized at the prison, which was an increase of 10 from the previous year, but double of that seized during 2010-2011.

In a 2004 study from the US Bureau of Justice Statistics figures showed that 70% of state prisoners and 64% of federal prisoners used drugs regularly at the time they committed their crime. 25% of offenders convicted of violent crimes were high at the time of offense.
Once in a correctional facility, prisoners who are addicts, remain addicts, and as such will find any way possible of continuing their supply of drugs.

An ever increasing array of smuggling methods is keeping correctional staff on their toes; with finds in visitor's underwear and person, in babies' nappies, inside food cartons, secreted on an offender's body, and internal concealment. More recent developments include the use of drones, and substances mixed with paint on children's paintings which inmates chew to get the desired effect. All of which means the authorities need to be far more resourceful when it comes to detecting these smuggled items.

Netherlands based security manufacturer, ODSecurity add another tool to correctional facilities arsenal in the fight against contraband smuggling with their SOTER RS Through-Body Scanners regarded as the most effective way of countering the smuggling of contraband material without subjecting inmates, visitors and staff to intrusive body searchers.

In March ODSecurity installed another SOTER RS unit in the US Correctional Establishment, this time at Humboldt County Correctional Facility, California with other counties scheduled for installation during the coming months.

The SOTER RS is a low dosage full body scanner which combines ultra-low radiation with maximum visibility, for use at airports and prisons. Within seconds the SOTER RS reveals hidden items, such as weapons or narcotics, diamonds, or any stolen or smuggled goods. It doesn't even have to be metal. The SOTER shows a clear difference between human tissue and other materials. Even ingested or camouflaged items will be shown.

The SOTER RS will increase the level of security operations previously possible through the use of conventional metal detectors. Non-metallic objects hidden under clothes, in natural cavities or within the human body cannot be detected by conventional metal detectors and typically, these non-detectable items, such as narcotics, explosives, precious stones, plastic weapons, or other contraband, can only otherwise be detected by highly intrusive total body searches.

SOTER RS is successfully deployed in prisons, in airports, detention centres, police and customs facilities worldwide including; Australia, Denmark, Ghana, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, The Netherlands, The United Arab Emirates, The United States of America, The United Kingdom, Chile, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

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