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Clearfield County Jail to install $130,000 body scanner to help stop contraband

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CLEARFIELD – A $130,000 body scanner will soon be used at the Clearfield County Jail to help stop drugs and other contraband from being smuggled into the facility.

Jail Warden Dave Gallagher noted at this week’s Prison Board meeting that the process of purchasing and installing the scanner is moving forward.

According to earlier reports, the money to purchase the scanner is coming from Opioid Settlement and American Rescue Plan funds.

The scanner will reportedly be used on inmates new to the jail, and those coming back into the facility after contact with visitors or on work release.

District Attorney Ryan Sayers added that the scanner can also be used if there are suspicions of someone holding contraband.

Commissioner Dave Glass said that while “no system is perfect, this is a big piece” to stopping contraband.

Security at the Clearfield County Jail has been in question after the report of three inmate overdoses in July.

One of those inmates, 31-year-old Kaitlyn Evans, died from her overdose of smuggled drugs.

Last week, Evans’ family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the county, the warden, and five corrections officers.