As the 2018-2019 fiscal year draws to an end this month, the Etowah County Commission on Tuesday discussed purchases that could be made before then.

One item discussed, an X-ray body scanner to be used in the county jail, has been a topic brought up a few times in recent months. According to Sheriff Jonathon Horton, booking officers are regularly overloaded as they try to process incoming and outgoing inmates.

The scanner being considered, a machine built by Tek84, can perform a full-body scan in 4 seconds to identify drugs, weapons or other contraband. Currently, an officer-performed search takes 8 to 12 minutes.

“One of the most integral parts of the booking process is the search of incoming inmates,” Horton said. “If that’s not properly done or that’s done under undue stress, then that leads to an opportunity of contraband to find its way into the facility.”

“One of the most integral parts of the booking process is the search of incoming inmates,” Horton said. “If that’s not properly done or that’s done under undue stress, then that leads to an opportunity of contraband to find its way into the facility.”

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