• Stephen Lecce, MPP

Ontario Enhances Security at Adult Correctional Facilities

February 04, 2021

The Ontario government is installing ion scanners at 10 adult correctional facilities across the province as part of an effort to combat contraband entering facilities, enhance security, and improve staff and inmate safety. "Detecting and preventing the entry of contraband is critical to keeping Ontario's correctional facilities safe," said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. "Our government is committed to equipping our corrections staff with the modern tools and technology they need to do their job safely and ensure continued security." Ion scanners are security tools used to detect and identify trace elements of drugs and are an added layer of security available to correctional staff to help prevent illegal substances from entering facilities. Adult correctional facilities in Ontario currently use various methods to prevent, detect, confiscate, and reduce contraband within institutions, including body scanners, hand-held and walk-through metal detectors, strip searches, and canine units. Ion scanners will be operational in regions across Ontario at the following adult correctional facilities:


  • Two scanners in the Central Region at the Maplehurst Correctional Complex and Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre.