Contraband Detection Technology in Correctional Facilities


Published April 2021

This technology brief is the first in a five-part series that explores contraband in correctional facilities. This first brief provides an overview of the types of contraband and associated technologies and products used to detect contraband on people, in vehicles, and in the environment. The goal of this brief is to provide definitions of common technological terms, highlight challenges of contraband detection, compare contraband detection technologies, and discuss the future of contraband detection. The other supporting documents focus in greater depth on managing specific contraband, including drugs and cell phones, as well as specific detection strategies related to mail and drones.

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