- Prison guards may be forced to go through airport-style security scanners to prevent smuggling
- X-ray body scanners and biometric identification are part of a bigger government crackdown on drugs
- Sensitive frontline prison staff who may be vulnerable to corruption may be forced to use scanners
Prison guards may be forced to go through airport-style security scanners to prevent illegal items from entering prisons.
In a major government crackdown on drugs, all new prisons will have X-ray body scanners and biometric identification installed for visitors.
Sensitive frontline prison staff, who may be vulnerable to corruption, may be forced to use scanners to prevent them from bringing in banned material.
Prisons will be given different targets on the number of drug tests they conduct, and a focus on drug rehabilitation – with the results published in a league table.
The proposals, which will be published today in the Prison Strategy White Paper, aim to deliver modern prisons with ‘the right conditions for the reform and rehabilitation of offenders’.
X-ray body scanners and biometric identification are part of a major government crackdown on drugs (file image)
Sensitive frontline prison workers, who may be vulnerable to corruption, may be forced to use scanners to prevent them from bringing in banned material (file image)
Last night Boris Johnson said the government was offering “harder sentences and 20,000 more prison spaces” but said prisons “need to play their part in cutting crime and preventing future victims”. The prime minister said: ‘That’s why – with a zero tolerance approach to drugs and greater autonomy for governors to maintain good order – our reforms will put a halt to re-violation causes and ensure that prison pays off.’
Justice Secretary Dominic Raab said: ‘Our plan will improve the security of our prisons and allow for effective rehabilitation to help reduce the influx of drugs, knives and mobile phones.’ In recent years, there has been intense scrutiny over how easily inmates smuggled narcotics into prisons despite government measures to tackle the issue.
Since last summer, scanners in prisons have thwarted more than 10,000 attempts to take drugs, phones and weapons inside.
The government announced an additional £100 million investment in 2019 to improve prison security – which has been used to install X-ray body scanners in all closed male prisons, showing that prisoners are trafficked within their bodies. are doing or not.
Data released in 2018 showed that some 341 prison staff were either dismissed, held out, convicted or warned by police for taking banned substances in prisons over the past six years.