A violation of privacy, and of dignity.
This goes along with my earlier post, “You don’t have to be a criminal or a terrorist to be checked against the database.” This is an article written by Amaris Elliott-Engel.
By Amaris Elliott-Engel / The Citizen
Saturday, August 28, 2004 11:10 PM EDT
When she woke in the morning, Hannah would scrub her skin raw with a pumice stone. She dressed in the clothes she washed without soap and wore every time on visits. She carried a bag with her shoes which she cleaned with bleach. With the rubber gloves on her hands, Hannah would ignore the stares of fellow Centro bus riders until she got out at the prison, where she would put on her specially scrubbed footwear.
Hannah began her intricate cleansing routine before her visits to the prison after she tested positive for contact with cocaine four times in December and January. The New York Department of Correctional Services introduced a pilot program in November to screen prison visitors with handheld ion scanners that detect dangerous contraband.
Hannah, an Auburn resident who works as a cashier, agreed to be interviewed on the condition her real name not be used. She said she is not a drug user and found the four positive results inexplicable. She began her cleansing routine in an attempt to clear the surface of her body of any accidental contact with drugs.
“I wasn’t going to let them win and not let me visit my husband,” Hannah said.”
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