Kosciusko County Jail gets new body scanner to detect contraband

This is the first machine of its kind in Indiana, but 170 are being used across the country, and other Indiana counties are looking into the body scanner for their own jails.

Posted: Sep 20, 2018 7:03 PM
Updated: Sep 21, 2018 8:53 AM

WARSAW, Ind. (WFFT)- A new body scanner at the Kosciusko County Jail is cutting down on strip searches in the jail and  stopping drugs and paraphernalia before they get inside.

"It's a continual battle, so we had to have something that we could search body cavities with, without the actual strip search," said Sheriff William Goshert.

Sheriff Goshert said it all started after a syringe was found during a transport.

"We picked up a person from Miami Correctional at one time, and they had a syringe hidden in a body cavity," he said.

It's $130,000 machine that tells all. FOX 55's Abby Jackson held her breath, put her feet shoulder width apart, and stepped into the scanner. Viewers could see her empty stomach, and keys and phone in her pockets. 

"Pretty much anything that doesn't belong  in the body or around the body is what we're looking for. It allows you to see anything that may be stuffed or swallowed," said Pete Wallace with Smith's Detections.

Wallace said the ultimate goal is to combat opioid abuse behind bars.

"Not only does it make the environment safer for the officers. It makes the environment safer for the inmates," he said.

This is the first machine of its kind in Indiana, but 170 are being used across the country, and  other Indiana counties are looking into the body scanner for their own jails.

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