My family member is in remand at the AMC and now will be subjected to several doses of radiation per week as they will now be x-rayed through SOTARS after every visit. While they would prefer to be subjected to strip searches – they have been told they must go through the x-ray or have a non-contact visit through the glass booth. Do they not have the right to express health concerns because they are a prisoner? I can not find anywhere – where the radiation council has approved the use of this equipment for use, yet it was in use last weekend. But not today. What is the point of this machine anyway if it is not going to be used consistently? How can I even begin to oppose its use when there don’t seem to be any publicly available policies on it? I don’t think it’s right that my family member is a guinea pig for the government’s new security screen. My family member is not a drug user and is not in maximum security. Now I have the guilt of knowing what they must further endure when I visit. Family visits and support are an important part of the rehabilitation process for a person in prison and yet my mere presence will be be putting my family member at a measurable health risk.
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