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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2019, 11:59 AM

5. Kinda of torn on this. People would and probably do use kids to smuggle.

I'm very, very sorry the child was traumatized. The child has done nothing wrong and does not deserve to be traumatized for the crimes of her parents.

The unfortunate fact is, though, if the policy becomes kids don't get searched then children will be used to smuggle contraband into prisons. What is the alternative? Not allowing them physical contact? I'd hate to see that too. I'd hate to see kids become even further alienated from their parents who are in prison.

This isn't the case of a kid being singled out in school and strip-searched. It's a kid being taken into a prison. There should be certain expectations people have about entering a correctional facility. That you might be searched is one of those. I don't know how they can make exceptions for kids on this. What age is the age at which it is okay to search someone? I bet the guards search diapers of babies and toddlers with no ill effects. It would be stupid not to.

I think guards have to be allowed to search everyone the same. That said, there has to be a way to do it that doesn't traumatize kids. That, they obviously need to work on. They should engage some child psychologists to suggest the best way to accomplish this.

I don't know the stats but, I would guess that prison personnel are probably the largest source of smuggled contraband though. That seems only logical, given how much gets through. I'd have no problem with them being searched on their way in every day.

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