New Technology To Keep Maryland Correctional Officers Safe
Posted: Oct 19, 2017 5:24 PM
By Timothy Parker
(WESTOVER, Md.) - The Maryland Department of Safety demonstrated what they are doing to keep their correctional officers safe at the Eastern Correctional Institution.

They will be using a new scanning service called CellSense, a new way to detect contraband held by inmates.

"It's a game changer. Governor Hogan and the office of public works authorized 1.8 million dollars for us to by this equipment," said Stephen Moyer of the Maryland Department of Safety.

The CellSense can detect any metal or plastic material which inmates may use as a weapon, from dinner trays to even video games.

The scanner can even pick up something as small as a staple.

"The device is set up in such a way as it will detect anything that's on the person or within the person," says Major Paul Blake, a correctional officer.

"We can detect things that are inside the body or concealed within a mattress or any of the other inmates' belongings," said Jim Viscardi of MetroSense.

Even though the technology has been around for some time, officials say after Lieutenant Steven Floyd was murdered in the Delaware prison standoff, they knew they had to do something to stop the prisoners from doing the same thing or worse.

"The inmates know we have this equipment and how effective it is," Moyer added.

The Eastern Correctional Institution have been using this technology since June.

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