Prison in Kern County bans hugging and kissing

October 4, 2010 6:59:39 AM PDT
A minimum security prison in Kern County has banned hugs and kisses because authorities fear visitors are sharing a lot more than affection.

Concerns about contraband have prompted officials at Lerdo Minimum Facility to stop the practice of permitting inmates and visitors to share one brief hug and kiss.

Sheriff's Sgt. Ian Silva tells the Bakersfield Californian that in August, four visitors were found with contraband including a knife, a handcuff key, marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

The touchy, feely times ended Friday. From now on, officials who see an inmate give a hug or a smooch will end the visit.