Michigan jail buying scanner to cut down on contraband
MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — A county jail in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is buying a full body scanner to cut down on drugs and other contraband being smuggled by inmates.
The Mining Journal says Marquette County commissioners approved the $128,000 purchase last week after hearing a pitch from Sheriff Greg Zyburt. He says it will protect inmates and reduce liability risk for the county.
The sheriff says officers can’t conduct a cavity search without a warrant. If something shows up on the scan, officers can get a warrant and take an inmate to a hospital.
Zyburt says he spent much time researching the issue and found that no other Michigan jail is using the technology.
Information from: The Mining Journal, http://www.miningjournal.net