By staff at Corrections1
Inmate Smith has been in and out of your facility for years. He is charged with burglary and under the influence of alcohol; Smith detoxes indoors during his first month. He begins to take better care of himself in his second month, is sentenced in court, and transferred to the labor detention center for the remainder of his time at your facility. He enrolls in distance learning and resumes his college courses. At this point in his life, this prisoner is exposed to positive influences in prison.
Eight months into his sentence, Smith overdosed on fentanyl, which somehow made its way into his housing unit. Her agency, which invested so much time, money, and effort into rehabilitating Smith, is facing a multimillion-dollar lawsuit for bringing a deadly drug into a secured facility. The press shifts their focus from the positive impact your agency is making on the community to “How did the justice system fail, Smith?” The investigation begins and a lack of response leads to speculation that staff are doing their duties, contraband at the gate to stop, were careless. Worse still, there are allegations that your staff may have brought drugs into your correctional facility.
This nightmare scenario plays out regularly. Regardless of training in search techniques, law enforcement officers at entrances to a locked facility are often understaffed and exhausted. Even your top performers will sometimes miss an important introduction of contraband at your facility. It could be deadly narcotics, cell phones, or even a firearm that staff are missing at the entrance to the secured part of your facility. Despite the significant amount of smuggling by your employees does Staying away from the facility leaves the question, “Have you done everything you could to protect your staff and inmates?” Your answer can be a resounding “Yes!”
As science continues to develop better tools for remediation, more agencies are turning to body scanners to reduce liability in locked facilities. Contactless body scanners are easy to use, and some brands can be customized to meet an agency’s specific needs. Top body scanner manufacturers have significantly reduced the radiation exposure from each x-ray scan, and these devices can be used daily for any inmate entering a jail or jail. For volunteers, civilian employees and sworn employees, advanced technologies including millimeter waves detect contraband hidden under and in clothing without admitting ionizing radiation.
Here are four ways investing in a body scanner reduces liability for corrections:
1. Stop narcotics before they spread to your population
Most drugs entering a correctional facility are intended for multiple users. A successfully smuggled shipment of drugs makes its way to multiple housing units before you realize there’s a problem. The number of resources you need to stop the effects grows exponentially after the contraband is distributed throughout your facility. By anchoring detection at one point of entry, larger volumes of narcotics are intercepted with fewer search staff and less damage within the facility. Detection at the point of entry can save multiple lives and avoid costly lawsuits.
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While you can deduce who brought contraband into your facility from witnesses and schedules, a body scanner leaves no doubt that the person who passed the contraband through the entry point is the perpetrator. This makes it easier to file a case, obtain a confession, and deliver justice when a smuggler is caught.
Scanner technology also gives you peace of mind if you have an inkling of a fresh shot but don’t have a search warrant. Once you know a subject doesn’t have contraband on board, you’ll have more temporary accommodation options at the front desk, knowing you’ve done everything you can to counter your suspicion.
3. The fear of being caught
Inmates deal with risks just like everyone else. Body scanners at your entry points make it significantly more likely that smugglers will be caught with contraband. This will reduce the number of inmates willing to take risks. Using a body scanner reduces the amount of contraband in your facility and the resulting liability.
4. Validate your employees
The dark truth is that there have been correctional officers who have brought contraband into jails and jails. As you know, when a law enforcement officer breaks the law, no matter the percentage of bad actors in the industry, we all pay the price, even if it’s two states away. When employees use a body scanner every time they enter a correctional facility, they reduce the reason for unnecessary finger pointing. The body scanner helps to prove the integrity of your employees. It also broadcasts how seriously an agency takes staff and inmate safety. Fortunately, through the use of millimeter wave powered body scanners, this can be achieved without exposing staff to radiation.
With more consistent use of state-of-the-art body scanners in correctional facilities, authorities are now showing more success in stopping contraband before drugs and weapons spread into jails and jails with higher costs to detect and remove. Additionally, if an incident involving contraband brings an agency to court or public opinion, the use of body scanners demonstrates that the administration has taken a legitimate additional measure to keep the contraband off their facility.