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Calls for security scanners in Devon prisons

It's an ambition to crack down on drugs and keep inmates safe

A Government ambition to crack down on drugs in prisons by introducing airport-style security at all jails has been warmly welcomed by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall.


Earlier this year prisons minister, Rory Stewart announced plans to trial airport-style security scanners at 10 UK prisons. 


Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez has renewed her calls for more thorough searches and body scanners to be introduced at HMPs Exeter, Channings Wood and Dartmoor, so inmates had the best chance of getting clean and staying safe while they served jail sentences.

Welcoming the news Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez said she was increasingly concerned about drug use in prisons, particularly at HMP Exeter, where a report last year said staff were struggling to cope with the problem.

“This is fantastic news. I’d like to see these scanners introduced in Devon’s prisons as soon as possible,” she said.

“The best thing that we can do for people who are serving a prison sentence is to keep them safe and away from drugs and give Prison Service staff the tools they need to allow them to do this.

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