The La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department now has a new tool to help prevent drugs and contraband from entering the jail.
Officials say with the recent increase of drugs and other illegal items being smuggled into the jail, the county invested in a body scanner.
The $118,000 machine was ordered last November and arrived this month.
Staff have been trained with the scanner, which will start being used on inmates.
“I know it’s effective in that if we have a death or somebody potentially dies because of drugs in a jail or contraband in a jail, it’s not good. We’re trying to minimize our liability to do everything we can to save somebody’s life,” said Sheriff Jeff Wolf.
Wolf says there are no other body scanners in county jails in the region, and believes there are only seven counties with the machine across Wisconsin.