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Sep 13, 2:34 AM EDT

Cowlitz County Jail to use body scanner on inmates

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) -- The Cowlitz County Jail will soon become the first correctional facility in Washington state to use a body-scanner to prevent new inmates from smuggling drugs and other contraband into the jail.

The Daily News reports ( ) authorities will start using the body scanners on Sept. 19. The scanners can identify anything concealed under clothing or inside a person's body cavity.

Capt. Chris Moses says the scanner takes seven seconds to scan an inmate. All new arrestees will be scanned before joining the rest of the inmates, with a few exceptions.

Moses says the scanner will be far less intrusive than a strip search, which can take 10 to 15 minutes.

Moses says body scanners are being used in many jails throughout the country.


Information from: The Daily News,

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