LaPorte County Jail catching contraband with new body scanner

In Northern Indiana, the LaPorte County Jail says it's seeing success with its new body scanner.

Posted: Dec. 1, 2017 6:08 PM
Updated: Dec. 1, 2017 6:20 PM

LAPORTE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — In Northern Indiana, the LaPorte County Jail says it's seeing success with its new body scanner.

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The scanner has only been in operation for two weeks and has already uncovered pills and other contraband.

The pills were actually found less than 24 hours after the scanner had been installed.

Almost every inmate, male or female, will be subject to a scan.

The new scanner was purchased for almost $200,000 and each scan takes less than 15 seconds.

The LaPorte County Sheriff John Boyd says it's a step that could save a life.

"We did have several overdoses that happened earlier this year, that was an issue for us and kind of the impetus, but nearly every week we were reading of an overdose that was occurring in a jail or in a correctional facility,” said Boyd.

There are a few exceptions when it comes to using the scanner.

Women who are pregnant, inmates with certain disabilities, and inmates who are too heavy for the machine will not be subject to a search.

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