3 Oct 2012

Renewed objection to widespread use of strip searches

12:56 pm on 3 October 2012

A Parliamentary select committee is recommending several changes to legislation which makes the use of flashlights and mirrors more wide-spread in the strip-searching of prisoners.

The procedure requires prisoners to squat low to the ground, and be inspected closely by flashlight or a magnifying device.

The select committee is recommending the legislation be amended to require managerial approval for searches of at-risk inmates.

Green MP David Clendon says there is no need for that type of strip search in most cases, and it will cause more stress between prison officers and inmates.