|Spokane County aims to prevent overdoses, drugs in jail with new scanners|
|By spokesman.com- Rebecca White|
After a string of deaths and overdoses at the Spokane County Jail, officials will soon scan almost all inmates and their mail for drugs and other contraband.
Spokane County commissioners unanimously voted last week to allow staff to purchase two body scanners, estimated to cost about $450,000, and a mail scanner, estimated to cost about $160,000. One body scanner will be installed in the downtown jail and the other will be installed at Geiger Corrections Center.
County Commissioner Mary Kuney said the scanners are one of several new practices and technologies the jail has implemented to reduce jail deaths and overdoses.
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