Marshall County Sheriff’s Office receives new body scanner for inmates

Published: Apr. 12, 2021 at 7:09 PM CDT
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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - A new safety device is now in place at the Marshall County Jail: a body scanner.

It will also be used by surrounding agencies in the county.

Deputies say contraband was running loose in the Marshall County Jail. Drugs and weapons are some of the common items inmates try to bring in.

Thanks to funding from the CARES ACT, the new body scanner is now installed to help prevent those items from coming inside the jail.

“We had nothing before and the only way we could detect contraband is by searches and in the jail setting you are not allowed to search body cavities. So there was stuff that came in that we couldn’t detect,” said Chief of Corrections Mat Cooper.

Cooper said the software is user friendly and can also capture the inmate’s temperature.

In less than 30 seconds, an x-ray image is formed on the screen to detect items found on or in the body.

“Once it takes their picture they step in and get their scan and it connects it with their id number. So it’s tamperproof and myself and the sheriff deputies are the only ones that can download the information if we need to us it in court,” said Cooper.

Most importantly, he said the body scanner will also serve as an added safety measure for inmate’s and deputies.

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