Are Pa. prisons’ drug screenings plagued by false positives?

October 3, 2018

By Staff

J-Nae Kettoman doesn’t care if she looks strange, scrubbing in like a surgeon with Dial soap brought from home, then snapping on latex gloves before lining up to enter the visiting room at the State Correctional Institution Phoenix.

It’s just part of the regimen that Kettoman, a Dauphin County resident who works for the Commonwealth as a clerk typist, has devised to avoid setting off the prison’s ion mobility spectrometer — a device that analyzes swabs of every visitors’ hands and pockets to detect trace levels of narcotics.

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