Proposed Prison Searches Would Treat Visitors Like Criminals
Green Party Justice spokesperson Nandor Tanczos said today that strip-searching prison visitors would be stupid and
"Prison visits can be the only connection inmates have with normal society. To drive visitors away with humiliating
strip-searches would lead to even higher reoffending rates than we already have".
A law review paper suggests legalising full body searches of prisoners (including anal and vaginal areas) and
strip-searching visitors, in an attempt to reduce the use of drugs in prison. The draft document was written to assist
the development of the proposed Corrections Act.
"Any attempt to routinely strip-search prison visitors would be totally outrageous. I am already hearing complaints from
families that new regulations make visiting much more difficult. Strip-searching goes even further and treats them like
they are the criminal.
"Their basic rights as a citizen would be taken away with their jailed father or husband."
Mr Tanczos also said full body searches of prisoners would be humiliating and demeaning for both prisoners and prison
staff, and would irrevocably harm the relationship between the two.
"I back the Corrections Association's statement on the impact of this proposal on prison officers. I am also concerned
about the impact on prisoners. Rather than looking at how to humiliate prisoners more, we should be looking at how to
increase self respect and self responsibility".
"Instead of introducing measures that will just deter visits and hinder rehabilitation we should be increasing support
for some of the very good alcohol and other drug rehabilitation programs that exist."