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Letters | MASS. CORRECTIONAL SYSTEM UNDER SCRUTINY

Whiff of misplaced outrage in objection to drug-sniffing dogs at prisons

Re “Prison visitors irate about plan for drug-sniffing dogs” (Page A1, March 23): The strident objections of some people to being met by drug-sniffing dogs at prison entrances had a whiff of righteousness gone wild. When my brother was doing time on Rikers Island in New York, my visits helped him through a rough year. No drug-sniffing dog would have kept me away.

Prison visits to family or friend are a privilege and an obligation. Of course, advocating for staff and volunteers to be randomly sniffed too is fair. But turning your nose up to a drug-sniffing dog fails the sniff test.

Sebastian Mudry

West Harwich

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