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8/14/2014
Vermont lawmakers to hear about drugs in prisons

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Corrections officers and other prison staff in Vermont would be subject to search as they enter the facilities, under rules being drafted by the Department of Corrections.

Officials from the department told the Legislature's Corrections Oversight Committee on Thursday the new rules are needed to crack down on drugs and other contraband being carried into the prisons.

The draft rules say employees won't be physically forced to submit to a search, but could be fired for refusing to cooperate.

Concern has been growing about drugs being taken into the prisons -- particularly the heroin replacement drug Suboxone.



Bob Ryan NNEKY




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