New body scanner at LaPorte County Jail checks all inmates for contraband

The new body scanner at the LaPorte County Jail. (Sheriff’s office photo)

After a number of contraband smugglings within the LaPorte County Jail in recent months, the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office has added a body scanner to scan all inmates.

“The scanner went live on Nov. 20, 2017, after the installation and training of jail deputies,” a sheriff’s department press release states. “The SecurPASS scanner, which was purchased at a cost of $199,000, was quickly put to use and has already been successful. Less than 48 hours after the unit was made operational, a female inmate being admitted to the jail was found to be concealing six Flexeril (muscle relaxant) pills in her brassiere. On Nov. 27, a female inmate who had been brought from the Lake County Jail was found to have hidden tattooing equipment in a body cavity. Jail tattooing, which is a jail rule violation, is often popular however is very unsanitary and can lead to infection and sickness.”

In September, three individuals — a jail inmate, a jail kitchen worker and a visitor — were charged with trafficking marijuana, a cell phone and tobacco at the jail.

2 Responses to “New body scanner at LaPorte County Jail checks all inmates for contraband”

  1. John

    Nov 30. 2017

    Well, GOOD! It’s about time something like this was purchased. It will be put to some very good use now.

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  2. Papadoc

    Dec 01. 2017

    Body cavity…how disgusting

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