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Call to cut strip searches of minors in Tasmania

Hobart: Strip searches of children and young people in Tasmanian custody should only be used as a last resort, the state’s children’s commission says.

Tasmanian Department of Justice figures show 218 minors were strip searched while in prison custody last year.

On Tuesday, the state’s Commissioner for Children and Young People Leanne McLean said the process of routine strip searches cannot be justified.

She made eight recommendations in a report including the need for new technology such as body scanners.

“There is a large amount of evidence that strip searching can cause harm,” she said.

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