Getting visits from friends and family are extremely important to those living in prison. These relationships provide prisoners with connection, hope and have been shown to be vital to prisoner's successful reintegration to the community.
But the prison system doesn’t make it easy for visitors. In addition to families having to travel far distances with little financial or community support, visitors are often turned away because they fail the ion scan. The ion scanner is a machine that tests visitors' belongings for trace amounts of drugs and is notorious for its inaccuracy.
The Tories plan on increasing the use of this controversial technology as part of their recent announcement to spend $120 million on security and surveillance measures in the name of keeping drugs outside the prison.
Christie has experienced the ion scan machine first hand when visiting her brother in prison. Christie talks with Stark Raven about her experience and the impact the ion scanner is having on visitors.
Thank you for reading this story…
More people are reading rabble.ca than ever and unlike many news organizations, we have never put up a paywall – at rabble we’ve always believed in making our reporting and analysis free to all, while striving to make it sustainable as well. Media isn’t free to produce. rabble’s total budget is likely less than what big corporate media spend on photocopying (we kid you not!) and we do not have any major foundation, sponsor or angel investor. Our main supporters are people and organizations -- like you. This is why we need your help. You are what keep us sustainable.
rabble.ca has staked its existence on you. We live or die on community support -- your support! We get hundreds of thousands of visitors and we believe in them. We believe in you. We believe people will put in what they can for the greater good. We call that sustainable.
So what is the easy answer for us? Depend on a community of visitors who care passionately about media that amplifies the voices of people struggling for change and justice. It really is that simple. When the people who visit rabble care enough to contribute a bit then it works for everyone.
And so we’re asking you if you could make a donation, right now, to help us carry forward on our mission. Make a donation today.