So, you’ve prepared for weeks to visit your loved one, made sure all clothing is washed, made sure everything is sanitized, you get to security screening…and you hit on the Ion scanner, so what happens next?
Correctional Service Canada (CSC) staff will have critical decisions to make. The Ion Scanner can detect tiny traces of chemical compounds. If a very small trace was found staff will usually scan another article of clothing and decide to let you pass or not.
If you pass the second attempt you will usually be sent through. However, you may have to sit in a designated seating area so that you can be closely monitored by staff. Or CSC may provide a closed visit where you would speak to your loved one through a glass partition.
If, on your second attempt the ion scanner still detects material, CSC must then investigate. Your visitation history will be reviewed to see if there were any incidents in the past. Your loved one’s institutional record may be reviewed to assess the risk of allowing your visit.
Regardless of the decision made, once you leave the institution, all future visits will be suspended pending review of the circumstances.