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Boyd County Jailer Bill Hensley speaks at the Boyd County Fiscal Court on Tuesday. Rachel Adkins | The Daily Independent  

CATLETTSBURG The Boyd County Fiscal Court approved a $185,000 bid for a body scanner that will be used at the Boyd County Detention Center.

The scanner is produced by Romaine Companies.

“(This is) another step to reducing drugs coming in and we've been working on it hard and are really excited about them coming in ... we looked at all the different companies and really think this is the top of the line,” said Boyd County Jailer Bill Hensley following the fiscal court meeting on Tuesday.

Hensley has had his sights set on installing a body scanner at the jail since he was sworn into his position last December. He said a room has already been prepped at the jail for the new equipment.

Hensley noted the bid also includes staff training on the scanning software that will be completed. He hopes to have the body scanner ready for use by August 1.

The jail has had its share of in-house overdoses within the past few years. Last October three female inmates overdosed at the jail in one day.

Hensley said the jail has worked hard to reduce the amount of contraband entering the jail. He said the current protocol is to place incoming inmates in an assessment cell for a strip search. This keeps the inmates contained since strip searches are all visual, he said.

Hensley said Romaine Companies uses a software that stores past findings of drugs, making it easier to detect substances in the future.

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