Tasmanian women in prison face routine strip searching, but almost no contraband found, data shows

Adam Holmes
By Adam Holmes
Updated September 3 2021 - 4:04am, first published 1:30am
Female prisoners are strip searched when entering custody at Launceston and Hobart reception prisoners, and at Mary Hutchinson Women's Prison, but hardly any contraband is found.

Female prisoners were subjected to strip searches in Tasmania's prison system 841 times over a seven month period, data has shown, with just three individual items of contraband found - tobacco and a lighter, tobacco and matchsticks, and opioid pain medication.

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Adam Holmes

Adam Holmes

Journalist at The Examiner and Advocate, Tasmania

From Adelaide to south-west Victoria, Bendigo to Tasmania, I've provided in-depth stories in politics, environmental affairs, issues facing disadvantaged communities, legal affairs and much more. Contact me at adam.holmes@examiner.com.au or on Twitter at @adamholmes010

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