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Prison visitors irate about plan for drug-sniffing dogs

The Massachusetts Department of Correction plans to ­employ drug-sniffing dogs to search visitors at prison ­entrances in a new attempt to stem the flow of illegal substances and remove “negative temptations” to inmates.

The initiative, announced in a letter to the department’s 11,500 inmates and a YouTube video earlier this month, has sparked strong opposition from families, civil libertarians, and prisoner advocates, who say it will discourage relatives from visiting loved ones in prison. They also say it unfairly paints visitors as the sole sources of prisoner drug problems.

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