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Ontario Introduces Full-Body Scanners to Adult Correctional Facilities

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Ontario Introduces Full-Body Scanners to Adult Correctional Facilities

Ministry of the Solicitor General

Toronto South Detention Centre Pilot

A pilot study was conducted on the SecurPASS Whole Body X-Ray Security Imaging at the Toronto South Detention Centre from August 31, 2015 to February 28, 2016. 

During the six-month pilot, 16,427 scans were completed. Of these, 86 inmates were identified with possessing contraband, which included ceramic blades, pills, and marijuana.

The Full-Body X-Ray Scanning Unit

Current security techniques are not specifically designed to detect and identify non-metallic contraband, such as drugs and ceramic weapons that could be carried internally by an inmate. 

Full-body X-ray scanners are already used in the United States and many other countries. Ontario will be the first jurisdiction in Canada to utilize this additional security measure.

The ministry has completed a competitive procurement process that will provide for full-body X-ray security screening systems to be installed in all of Ontario's adult correctional facilities over two years, to better identify and prevent contraband from entering institutions, thus making facilities safer for staff and inmates.

The total investment, including 10-year maintenance on each unit, is approximately $9.5 million.


Proposed installations for 2016-17:

Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (552 capacity)
Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre (546 capacity)
Central East Correctional Centre (1,135 capacity)
Maplehurst Correctional Complex (912 capacity)
Niagara Detention Centre (250 capacity)
Toronto East Detention Centre (368 capacity)
Thunder Bay Jail (124 capacity)
Central North Correctional Centre (1,038 capacity)
South West Detention Centre (226 capacity)
Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre (410 capacity)
Sarnia Jail (60 capacity)


Proposed installations for 2017-18:

Algoma Treatment and Remand Centre (120 capacity)
Kenora Jail (129 capacity)
Elgin-Middlesex Regional Intermittent Centre (112 capacity)
Monteith Correctional Complex (110 capacity)
North Bay Jail (110 capacity)
Quinte Detention Centre (229 capacity)
St. Lawrence Valley Correctional and Treatment Centre (100 capacity)
Sudbury Jail (117 capacity)
Thunder Bay Correctional Centre (156 capacity)
Vanier Centre for Women (292 capacity)
Brantford Jail (87 capacity)
Brockville Jail (48 capacity)
Fort Frances Jail (22 capacity)
Ontario Correctional Institute (190 capacity)
Toronto Intermittent Centre (320 capacity)
Stratford Jail (50 capacity)


Adult correctional facilities in Ontario currently use a variety of other methods to prevent, detect, intercept, confiscate, and reduce contraband within institutions, including the Body Orifice Security Scanner (BOSS) chair, hand-held and walk through metal detectors, strip searches and canine units.

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