LIVINGSTON COUNTY — A new law permits the use of body scanners in prisons to decrease weapon smuggling and violence.
Earlier this week, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced a new bill expanding the use of TSA body scanners in prisons to prevent jail violence was signed into law.
“Allowing the use of body scanners to detect weapons and other materials will help reduce violence and ensure the safety of inmates, officers and staff,” Senator Gallivan stated. “As a former State Trooper and Sheriff of Erie County, I understand the challenge of keeping contraband out of local correctional facilities.”
Although these scanners were previously prohibited, this new law reinstates their use in detecting knives and other weapons in order to reduce the threat of prison violence.
Governor Cuomo signed the bill into law in the beginning of this week.