17 February 1997 Strategies for the detection of drugs within the Correctional Service Canada: research and development initiatives
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Proceedings Volume 2937, Chemistry- and Biology-Based Technologies for Contraband Detection; (1997) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.266767
Event: Enabling Technologies for Law Enforcement and Security, 1996, Boston, MA, United States
Abstract
Within correctional facilities, the use and abuse of intoxicants, often leads to and results in, very serious incidents such as staff assaults, inmate assaults, murders, riots, hostage taking, deaths by drug overdose and suicides. Needless to say, these types of violent activities undermine the safety and security of our prison system, and undermine the successful reintegration of the offender back into society as the offender will be released with the same drug abuse problems that led him or her to the prison system in the first instance. In addition, without the use of reliable drug detection technologies to assist our correctional officers in conducting search and seizure, our efforts to better secure the prison environment would be severely hampered. We believe that as a member of the law enforcement community at large and, in view of our mandate to protect society, we have a legal duty to control and to seize any drugs and related contraband illegally entering our federal correctional facilities. In addition, we have a lawful duty to detect and seize drugs that are already in circulation within our correctional environment. To this end, a pilot project utilizing an Ion Mobility Spectrometry and an Ion Mobility Trap Spectrometry scanner, has aided our efforts and has resulted in an apparent reduction in drug related activities within Canadian prisons. These efforts also promote offender treatment and rehabilitative programs within our Service and better protects the public at large.
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Jim E. Roberts, Joe Rochefort, "Strategies for the detection of drugs within the Correctional Service Canada: research and development initiatives", Proc. SPIE 2937, Chemistry- and Biology-Based Technologies for Contraband Detection, (17 February 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.266767; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.266767
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