Report

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

Publisher
Prisoners Women Prison administration Women prisoners Victoria
Description

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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