Passive Canine Searches

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October 15, 2018

Dear Visitor:

The purpose of this letter is to provide notice and inform all persons visiting inmates within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) that the Department has established a comprehensive drug and contraband interdiction program.  This program utilizes various drug and contraband interdiction strategies to prevent the introduction of illegal drugs and contraband into CDCR’s institutions.  Among these strategies is the use of detection canines to search for the presence of illegal drugs and contraband in vehicles, on persons, and in articles of personal property that are brought onto the grounds of our institutions.  Visitors’ vehicles and property will be subject to search as part of the drug and contraband interdiction program.

Any person coming onto the grounds of any Department facility or camp, or any Department contracted facility, is subject to having their person, vehicle, and articles of property (in their possession) searched.  Such inspections shall be made to the degree consistent with the facility’s security needs.

Any person who knowingly brings, sends, or assists in bringing or sending contraband into any state prison or any other place where prisoners of the state are located, is guilty of a felony, which is punishable by imprisonment.  Contraband includes any alcoholic beverage, controlled substance, drug, instrument or paraphernalia for the consumption of a drug or controlled substance, deadly weapon, firearm, or explosive.

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15 de octubre de 2018

Estimado visitante:

El propósito de esta comunicación es para proporcionar un aviso y informar a todas las personas que visitan a  los presos dentro del Departamento de Correccionales y Rehabilitación de California (Departamento) que el Departamento ha establecido un programa integral de interdicción de drogas y contrabando. Este programa utiliza varias estrategias de interdicción de drogas y contrabando para prevenir la introducción de drogas ilegales y contrabando en las instituciones del CDCR. Entre estas estrategias está el uso de caninos de detección para buscar la presencia de drogas ilegales y contrabando en vehículos, en personas y en artículos de propiedad personal que se traen a los terrenos de nuestras instituciones. Los vehículos y la propiedad de los visitantes estarán sujetos a registro como parte del programa de interdicción de drogas y contrabando.

Cualquier persona que entra a los terrenos de cualquier instalación, campamento o lugar arrendado por el Departamento será sujeta a una inspección personal, su vehículo, y artículos de propiedad (en su posesión). Dichas inspecciones se realizarán de manera consistente con las necesidades de seguridad de la instalación.

Cualquier persona que a sabiendas traiga, envíe o ayude a llevar o enviar contrabando a cualquier prisión estatal o cualquier otro lugar donde se encuentren los presos del estado, es culpable de un delito grave, que se castiga con pena de prisión. El contrabando incluye: cualquier bebida alcohólica, sustancia controlada, droga, instrumento o parafernalia para el consumo de una droga o sustancia controlada, arma mortal, arma de fuego o explosivo.


Frequently Asked Questions

Canine Vehicle Searches

Will a departmental canine search my vehicle?

Prior to beginning each passive canine vehicle search operation, the Search Operations Commander or designee shall be responsible for determining if the search will be of all visitors vehicles entering an area, or only those selected on a random basis. 

Will I be delayed in visiting my loved one (husband, son, cousin, nephew, etc.)?

Should the search area become backlogged for any reason, vehicles waiting to be searched may be released to insure search timeframes are adhered.  The random pattern shall not be altered unless approved by the Search Operations Commander or designee.  No vehicle shall be delayed more than ten minutes prior to being searched.  Additional time may be permitted with the search of a larger vehicle (van, motor home, large truck, etc.) or in cases of a tired or distressed service dog.  However, the wait for a passive canine search or the actual search shall not exceed 30 minutes unless drugs or contraband is discovered.

Who needs to sign a consent form, so their vehicle can be searched?

All Visitors, whose vehicle will be searched by means of a Canine, must sign a CDCR Form 1812, Consent to Conduct Canine Search of Vehicle, Person, and Property prior to their vehicle being searched.

What happens if a visitor attempts to enter onto state property in their personal vehicle but refuses the passive canine vehicle search?  

The visitor will not be allowed to proceed in their vehicle and must remove their vehicle from institutional grounds.

If the visitor refuses the Passive Canine Vehicle Search, will there visit be terminated for the day?

The visitor has the option to leave; however, by exercising this right the driver shall be required to remove his/her vehicle from institutional property.  The driver shall not lose the ability to visit on the same date as the search refusal, provided he or she returns without the vehicle.  The visitor shall be informed that: (1) he or she does have the right to refuse the passive canine vehicle search, and (2) any visitor who refuses to be searched shall be denied contact visiting but may be authorized for a non-contact visit, if available, on that same day.  All passengers of the vehicle retain the right to visit, regardless of consent or compliance by the driver to be searched, per CCR, Title 15, Section 3173.2.

How long will a visitor wait pending a search of their vehicle?

Passive canine searches of vehicles shall be limited to 10 minutes per vehicle.  Additional time may be permitted with the search of a larger vehicle (van, motor home, large truck, etc.) or in cases of a tired or distressed service dog.  However, the wait for a passive canine search or the actual search shall not exceed 30 minutes unless drugs or contraband is discovered.

What happens if the canine alerts to an area of my vehicle?

If the canine alerts during the vehicle search of a visitor, search staff shall conduct a hand search of the vehicle for the purpose of locating drugs or contraband.

What if no drugs or contraband are discovered in my vehicle after a positive alert by a canine?

In instances when a positive alert is given, but no drugs or contraband are discovered, the driver and all occupants of the vehicle will continue processing to visit.

What happens if drugs are discovered in my vehicle, in my personal belongings or on my person?

Should drugs be discovered, all occupants of the car shall be subject to arrest or citation, or both, under California Code of Regulations, Title 15, Section 3173.2.

Front Entrance Search Operation

What is the Millimeter Wave Full Body Scanner to be used by CDCR?

The millimeter wave full body scanner is a device located in the East and West Front Entrance areas.  This device quickly scans an individual in 1.5 seconds using safe active millimeter wave radio frequency technology, able to detect contraband on an individual.  Implementation of this new strategy will closely resemble that of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security protocols used in airports.

What is the Baggage/Parcel X-Ray Scanner to be used by CDCR?

The baggage/parcel x-ray scanner is a reliable, optimal, and cost-effective security solution, which provides enhanced threat and contraband detection capabilities.  The system is intended to make security-screening process effective, fast, and at most automated. 

What does the Millimeter Wave Full Body Scanner do?

The millimeter wave full body scanner quickly creates a 3-D black and white image of the subject being scanned.  The system's imaging tools enable trained operators to locate a broad range of threats and contraband.  Depending on the object size, location, and composition, the Front Entrance Correctional Officer will be able to locate many types of contraband made of liquids, gels, plastics, powders, metals, or ceramics.  The millimeter wave full body scanner offers advanced imaging without any health risks. 

What does the Baggage/Parcel X-Ray Scanner do?

The baggage/parcel x-ray scanner is equipped with a high image quality in combination with advanced image processing tools and threat detection assistance software, which allows the operator to quickly and effectively evaluate any content without any negative impact on throughput capacity.

Is the Millimeter Wave Full Body Scanner safe?

The millimeter wave full body scanner does not use X-rays or ionizing radiation.  The radio wave signals created by the millimeter wave full body scanner are thousands of times less powerful than other commercial radio frequency devices such as cell phones.  There are no medical conditions that are impacted by the millimeter wave full body scanner.

What does the Millimeter Wave Full Body Scanner see?

The millimeter wave full body scanner pass transparently through lightweight materials such as clothing.  The energy reflected back from the body is analyzed to create body images and to locate any objectionable items. 

What If the millimeter wave scanner enunciates, the cause of the alarm can be identified, and it is not contraband?

The visitor may remove the item, if the item detected is not contraband, the visitor shall be instructed to walk through the millimeter wave scanner again; if the second scan is negative, the visitor may proceed through the visitor processing process.