Magazine article Corrections Forum

California Shifts from Scanners to Dogs to Catch Smugglers

Magazine article Corrections Forum

California Shifts from Scanners to Dogs to Catch Smugglers

Article excerpt

As a three-year, $15.3 million program that used a variety of techniques to try to stop contraband from entering California correctional facilities comes to an end, the state has decided not to continue many of the technical aspects of the program.

That effort tested the extensive use of airport-style scanners, metal detectors, surveillance cameras, urine tests and drug-sniffing dogs at 11 of California's 35 prisons, according to an Associated Press article covered by U.S. News and World Report.

Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and the Public Policy Institute of California found that it cut drug use by nearly 25 percent at three prisons with the most intensive programs, but it had little effect elsewhere. They also found no measureable decline in prison violence, although that had been one of the program's goals. …

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