Bop Re Hurst Foia Request Spectometry 2009
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· U.S. Department of Justice \. " '" " J Federal Bureau of Prisolls c ( September 2, 2009 Jay Hurst 6409 Fayetteville Road Suite 120, PMB 326 Durham, NC 27713 RE: For Further Inquiry Contact: Federal Bureau of Prisons 320 First Street NW Room 841, HOLC Building Washington, DC 20534 FOrA Request No. 2009-11103 Dear Mr. Hurst: This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act request for (1) all records dated between April I, 2008, and the present, which re-authorize the use of ion spectrometry equipment at any BOP correctional facility; and (2) all records regarding manufacturer hardware and/or software updates to any ion spectrometry devices re-authorized for use by any BOP agent since April 2008. In response to your request, five (5) pages were forwarded to this office for a release determination. After careful review, we have determined all five (5) pages can be released in their entirety. We trust this has been responsive to your request. If you have any further inquiries, please contact the undersigned at the address above. Sincerely, wvJJiLf:L Ana L. Velilla-Arce, Senior Paralegal for Wanda M. Hunt Chief, FOIA/PA Section Enclosures: 5 pages U.S. Oepal'tmcnt of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons lI'as"i",\:/(JIl, DC 20534 April 10, 2008 MEMORANDUM FOR FROM: ALL CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFnCERS J::i~~ON~E~'SS~ DIRECTOR CORRECTIONAL PROGRAMS DIVISION THOMAS R. KANE, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR INFORMATION, POLICY, AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS DIVISION SUBJECT: Suspension of Use of Ion Spectrometry Equipment This memorandum is to advise you that you are to immediately suspend all use of any ion spectrometry drug detection equipment. The software for th€:se machines reqUires correction, and we have contacted the manufacturers to ensure they make the necessary modifications. After the problems associated with these machines ar.e resolved, we will notify you regar.ding bringing the equipment back online. Any visitor whose visiting privileges are currently suspended as a result of the use of ion spectrometry drug detection equipment may request the Warden consider r.einstatement of visiting privileges. In addi.tion, inmates can make requests to unit s~aff to have such a visitor considered for reinstatement of visiting privileges. Inmate~1 are to be advised through normal staff-toinmate communications channels (such as, town hall meetings) that they can make such .01 request. Appropr'iate staff will review each request from an inmate or a visitor and make a written recommendation to the Warden as to whether privileges ~,hould be reinstated. Reinstatement. of visiting privileges should not occur in these instances where the basis of the sll.spemiion was not due to the use of ion spectrometry drug d€!tectian equipment (e.g., the suspension is based on inappropriate behavior in the visiting room). In addition, ion spectrometry drug detection equipment may not be used to test for the presence of illegal substances on inmates, on inmates' personal belongings, in housing units, or in work arens. Please maintain all ion spectrometry drug detection equipment and all relevant documentation until further notice. We have a.ttached talking points for use by staff in addressing questions from inmates and visitors and for posting as a notice to inmates. Attachment Ion Spectrometry Dnlg Detection Equipment We have discovered that our ion spectrometry drug detection equipment has software problems. The Office ofSccurily Technology COST) has notified the manufacturers of these problems and they are working on corrective action. The Bureau of Prisons is suspending the use of ion spectrometry drug detection equipment until the problems are COIT«:tcd by the manufacturers and the resulls are confirmed by CST. Irunates can make a request to wlit staff that the Warden consider reinstating a visitor's visiting privileges if the visitor is currently under suspension based solely on a positive tcsl by ion spectromeLry drug detection equipment. Likewise, the suspended visitor can make a written request to the Warden to consider reinstating his or her visiting privileges if the visitor is currently under sllspension based solely 011 a positive test by ion spectrometl)' dnlg detection equipment. The Warden will designate specific staff to investigate and confirm whether the suspension currently in etTect on a specific visitor was based on the use orion spectrometry drug dctl.--ction equipment and was not taken because ora violation of the institution's mles or practices. U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons Washington, D.C. 20534 March 24, 2009 MEMORANDUM FOR REGIONAL DIRECTORS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICERS JO~'(;nl~;. (~ FROM: Director Correctional Programs Division /~R~ Thomas R. Kane, Assistant Director Information, Policy, and Public Affairs Division SUBJECT: Ion Spectrometry Drug Detection Program This memorandum updates you on the use of Ion Spectrometry (IMSl equipment within the BOP. IMS equipment use was suspended on April 10, 2008. Since that time, the Office of Security Technology (OST) has conducted testing on both the GE Security Itemiser3 and Smiths Detection IonScan 400B equipment using pharmaceuticals, hand sanitizers/lotions and illicit drugs. As a result of this testing, the IMS program will be re-instated immediately under the following conditions: IMS equipment is authorized [or use on inmates ONLY, in accordance with Program Statement No. 5522.01, IQn Spectrometry Device Program (02/24/051, and this memorandum. Either Smith's or GE Security IMS machines may be used to test inmate mail, inmate personal belongings, lockers, work areas, and the visiting room. TMS equipment is NOT authorized for testing inmates themselves (i.e., clothing, hands. shoes, etc.). Both the Smiths Detection and GE Security equipment are to be used in the Narcotics mode to test for the main six drugs: Heroin, Cocaine, Methamphetamine. Amphetamine, THC, and MOMA. Other substances can be added/removed based on regional and/or institution drug trends, but only with the approval of the Central Office Ionscan Program Manager, and after analyzing positive hit information cross-referenced with inmate urinalysis data. IMS equipment is NOT authorized for use on any visitors. Institution supplements related to or referencing PS 5522.01 shall be updated to comply wi.th this memorandum. Please direct further questions and requests for assistance to the Office of Security Technology at 202-307-3191. -2-