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July 2001: Henry Rauser Kicks Ass

Seven or eight years ago, Henry was approached by two men, one a cop in plain clothes and one a CI (confidential informant), coming at him from two sides. The CI asked Henry if he could obtain some marijuana. The cop by a surprising coincidence offered Henry some marijuana for sale the same day. Not being averse to picking up an easy $50 for acting the go-between, Henry bought from the cop and sold to the CI. This trafficking offense was not his first brush with the law, and netted Henry a 5-10 year sentence.

A bulletin issued on September 25, 2000 under the authority of Martin Horn, Secretary of Corrections of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Department of Corrections, had this to say about Inmate Visiting Privileges.

TO:    
Executive Staff   Policy Subject: Inmate Visiting Privileges
Superintendents   Policy Number: DC-ADM 812-01
Boot Camp Commander   Policy Issue Date: April 19, 2000
Regional Directors    
     
Authority: Martin H. Horn    
     
Date of Issue: September 25, 2000   Effective Date: November 1, 2000
     

The purpose of this bulletin is to amend Section (VI) (H) "Security", subsections 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13. These sections are changed to read as follows.

9. All visitors are subject to being scanned by an Electronic Drug Detection Device. This device detects the presence of drug traces on persons, property and clothing.

10. If the presence of contraband is detected, the visitor will be given the option of removing an article(s) of outer clothing believed to be contaminated and washing his/her hands. A second test will then be performed. It is the policy of the Department of Corrections not to conduct strip searches on visitors. If the second test is positive, the visitor may request a non-contact visit. The Shift Commander upon his/her review may approve a non-contact visit. If a visitor believes that legitimate circumstances exist that may ressult in a positive scan reading, the visitor MUST provide the processing officer with written documentation of the circumstances BEFORE taking the test.

11. A visitor may test positive on two visits and still be afforded the opportunity to request a non-contact visit. On each of these occasions, the Shift Commander, upon his/her review, may approve a non-contact visit. If a non-contact visit is not approved , the Facility Manager shall review the circumstances of the disapproval and, based on the review, may impose a suspension of visiting privileges for up to 90 days for the visitor. On the third occasion of a positive reading the following visiting privileges suspensions shall be imposed.

a. Third occasion, visiting privileges will be suspended for one hundred and eighty (180) days.
b. Fourth occasion, (if within 1 year of the privileges being reinstated for the 3rd occasion), visiting privileges will be suspended for 1 year.
c. Fifth occasion, (if within 1 year of the privileges being reinstated on the 4th occasion), visiting privileges will be suspended permanently.

12. Any visitor who has a positive reading will be provided with a printout of the test results if he/she requests a copy. Additionally, all positive scan results will be retained for a period of 12 months. If no second positive reading occurs for the visitor during the 12-month period, and upon request of the visitor, the record of the test will be expunged. However, if a second positive result occurs during the 12-month period, the records will be retained. All requests to expunge the record will be honored unless specific security concerns exist. Any denial of such a request requires the approval of the respective Regional Deputy Secretary, Executive Secretary, or Secretary of Corrections.

13. Any deviation from the procedures listed in paragraph 11 above that increases or decreases the period of suspension requires the approval of the respective regional Deputy Secretary Executive Secretary, or Secretary of Corrections.

A copy of the following was sent to drugwarprisoners.org by Mr. Rauser.

Mr. Martin Horn   Henry Rauser, CQ-8107
Secretary of Corrections   Rockview State Prison
PA Department of Corrections   Box A
P.O. Box 598   Bellefonte, PA 17001-0598
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania 17001-0598    
   
September 18, 2000
     

Dear Mr. Martin Horn,

I really like   Policy Number: DC-ADM 812-01
    Policy Issue Date: April 19, 2000
    Date of Issue: September 25, 2000
    Effective Date: November 1, 2000

Same is all well and good.

Now all you need to do is to draft and implement a policy of the same nature that applys to the Guards & Staff that work inside the prisons that have contact with prison inmates.

Run your Electronic Drug Detection Device over them before they enter our prisons. By doing so we will be able to eliminate at least 50% of the drugs that are coming into our state prisons in Pennsylvania. I am sure you are aware that over 50% of the drugs coming into our state prisons are being carried into them by guards and staff members and provided to the prison inmates.

Please advise & Thank You;
Sincerely,

(signed) Henry Rauser

 

 

 

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Note: Copy of supra., Policy attached: