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Prisoners and Detainees
Strip-searches will keep helpful visitors, not illegal drugs, out of prison
Strip-searches will keep helpful visitors, not illegal drugs, out of prison

There are only a few proven ways to lower the recidivism rate for prison parolees. Among these is maintaining their family ties during incarceration. And the best way to accomplish that is through regular “contact” visits, in which prisoners and their families are allowed a quick hug and can sit together in the visitors area. California's Department of Corrections has paid lip service to the value of visiting for all of my 35 years in prison, even as an ever-growing set of restrictions and barriers was erected, making the process more complicated and much less family-friendly. The latest and worst of these regulations is aimed at stopping the flow of illegal drugs into...

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