Cook County Jail gets high-tech body scanners

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Officials at Cook County Jail say they’re beefing up security with cutting-edge technology.

CHICAGO (AP) — Officials at Cook County Jail say they’re beefing up security with cutting-edge technology.

The correctional facility has unveiled high-tech body scanners that can show items as small as 0.2 inches.

They’re called RadPRO SecurPASS machines.

Officials with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office say a seven-second scan can show if inmates are hiding drugs, weapons or other contraband in their clothing, hair or body.

The machines don’t show anatomical outlines or facial features.

Four of them are in operation at the jail. They’re in the men’s receiving room, women’s receiving room and two maximum security buildings.

Officials say Cook County Jail, which houses up to 10,000 inmates daily, is the biggest single-site county jail in the nation.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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