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Searching of inmates and cells

46 Searching of inmates and cells

(1) A correctional officer may, at the times the governor directs and at other times the correctional officer considers appropriate--
(a) search an inmate (including by means of a strip-search or the use of an electronic or X-ray scanning device), and
(b) search an inmate's cell and any property in the cell.
(2) Except in the case of an emergency, an inmate must not be strip-searched by or in the presence of a person of the opposite sex.
(3) The searching of an inmate and the inmate's cell must be conducted with due regard to dignity and self-respect and in as seemly a way as is consistent with the conduct of an effective search.
(4) An inmate must not resist or impede the conduct of a search carried out under this clause.
Note : Failure by an inmate to comply with this subclause is a correctional centre offence.
(5) In this clause,
"strip-search" means a search of a person or of articles in the possession of a person that may include--
(a) requiring the person to remove all of his or her clothes, and
(b) an examination of the person's body (but not of the person's body cavities) and of the clothes.

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