DJJ Cellsense Meet and Confer


On August 7th, 2018, our union met with the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Department of Juvenile Justice (CDCR DJJ) to discuss the implementation of the Cellsense Contraband Detector program within the DJJ Facilities in the state.

The Cellsense detector is used to detect small traces of contraband that contain metals, such as cell phones. It is a portable device that can be easily moved to many locations within a facility and will be primarily deployed at the beginning of the various work shifts and in areas where a high volume of contraband is typically detected and confiscated.

Some of the major details from the negotiations include the following:

  • Management has been informed about the implementation of Cellsense and should expect possible delays for employees reporting to their duty stations as a result of the screening process.
  • Private screening may be requested, and same gender screening will be available.
  • There will be a custody supervisor present during screenings.
  • If employees have any medical devices such as an implant, etc., that may interfere with the scan, a record of such will need to be placed on file.
  • Employees always have the right to request a union representative be present during screening. Custodial officers will wait a reasonable amount of time for a union representative to be present before screening.

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