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[*] Post 322693 posted on 26-2-2008 at 04:19 Reply With Quote
Family members who can't visit prisoners

A TV news department is covering a story about relatives of prisoners who have been denied visiting them because they have tested positive for drugs--in spite of never having used them or handled them, they say. If they get a positive test, they are not allowed to visit for one month. If they are the adult, escorting children in to see a father, the children don't get to go in, either. In one instance, a lady had flown from Kentucky to central Illinois, only to be turned away. Another lady had tested positive two months in a row!shocked_yellow:( (Now, she washes her hands with alcohol wipes before she enters the facility.)

This has been happening to people all over the country. When a person complains that it was a false positive, some judges routinely expunge the result--but, by that time, the opportunity for that visit is long gone.

The reporter suggested that the people who are tested positive have traces from handling money that has been in contact with drugs, from door knobs used by someone else who has handled drugs--any surface, really, that someone in a public place has touched before you--telephones, buttons on vending machines, etc.

Any reaction? Do you think enough complaints will result in removal of the machines?

Prison time is awfully hard on families of offenders already. I've seen anti-crime messages to the effect, "If you commit a crime and are arrested, it hurts your family--so, don't."
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[*] Post 322704 posted on 26-2-2008 at 08:02 Reply With Quote

It is true that prison hurts families, and I understand, although it's probably an urban myth, that there isn't a note in the US that doesn't test positive for drugs.
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[*] Post 322725 posted on 26-2-2008 at 13:28 Reply With Quote

I think that's true in the UK, also, Simon.

But this time I'm very much on your side, scholar. I'm not too impressed with the US justice system. Have you read "The Innocent Man" by John Grisham?

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