Total control: ending the routine strip searching of women in Victoria's prisons

Prisoners Women Prison administration Women prisoners Victoria

Women in Victorian prisons are being regularly and routinely subjected to degrading strip-searches, this report from the Human Rights Law Centre has found.

This report calls on the Victorian government to end the practice of routinely strip searching women, and includes:

- Interviews with women who were previously imprisoned.

- Data obtained through freedom of information laws showing that in one year around 12,400 strip searches were conducted on women, producing only 14 items of contraband, mostly tobacco.

- Examples of jurisdictions, like the ACT and the UK, which only use strip searches as a last resort and when absolutely necessary, and rather employ modern technology, such as scanners and x-rays, to check for contraband. 

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