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    JKT
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    Drug Tests for Inmates

    Does your facility periodically drug test inmates?

    We are currently trying to gather information on sources for the test kits. (Read=cheap)

    It is comming up on bid time, and you know how that goes.

    Any ideas or information would be appreciated.

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    I guess we are the lone strangers. We periodically test our Working Inmates (politically correct term for Trust'ys), when we suspect someone has brought in drugs. Since we have Inmates that work outside of, but live in confinement, there is always a risk of contraband entering our facility.

    Granted, if everyone did their jobs properly, the risk would not be as great, but we all know how that goes. Whether it be complacency, poor training orjust plain not caring, it does happen.

    What's fun is when our Drug K-9 "decides" to do some training in the Jail. Marco (the Belgian Malinois) loves it, but the Inmates don't.

    If anyone has any info on test kits, let me know. We are always looking for suppliers.

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    JKT,

    Since we all know the price of drug tests is expensive these are not done often. We do and can test an inmate for illegal drugs anytime we wish. Although this is usually only done if the Admin. or a Correctional Officer suspects an inmate to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. We have what are called instant test cups which run about $35.00 a piece. We can test an inmate for illegal drugs in minutes. If the test comes back positive we send it to a lab for verification. We do run a work release program and everyone is randomly tested every week via this method. We also do alcohol tests via a breathalyzer. In summation yes we do test inmates for drugs but it is not usually done on a frequent basis as it should. As I said any officer can select an inmate at any time for a drug test but it is not often done unless PC exsists even though we don't need PC. Every so often we will do an emergency sweep with the ERT team and the dogs to check for illegal drugs or other contraband. Although you will find drugs and other contaband in most facilites we have a below average rate of drugs and contraband in our facility. We usually find more weapons then drugs. Often times a person will get purposely arrested and try and smuggle drugs or weapons into the facility. We have this happen more then anything. We have a body orfice chair along with a thorough strip search which usually finds the drugs in some unusual places to the amazement of the committing officers. The war on drugs will be fought everywhere and you can only try and control the flow as best you can.


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    Thanks for the reply, Tac.
    I know the cost is high. We use a dipstick test that tests for both THC and cocaine, and only takes a few minutes. These only cost us about $1.60 each, and my bosses are still screaming about it!

    We usually only test with PC also, and normally it's the ones that work outside or have contact with them. This amounts to about 20 to 40 inmates, so you can see where the cost adds up quickly.

    We were trying to find out just how many agencies were still testing and found to our amazement that very few are nowadays.

    One day, it come back to bite them, and it rolls downhill, you know?

    Oh, well....



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    gidday/jkt we drug test daily here in vic all tests are urine samples we have a list each day and we pluck em out and test them we also have i.d.us identified drug users which are also tested when told to produce all tests are done in plain view of an officer so no adulteration can take place even though they try as soon as a drug test is found positive there contact visit rights cease for 3 months and longer if caught again etc up to 12 months n longerthey are classed as idu 1 to idu 6 which is the highest we got to so far hope this helps a little bit hooroo for now

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