Pinellas Jail adds full body scanners

Pinellas Jail adds full body scanners (Image 1)

People booked into the Pinellas County Jail in Clearwater will now undergo a full-body digital X-ray scan, to help find dangerous contraband.

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri unveiled the technology Thursday afternoon.

The Sheriff said the system would be added to the jail to “serve as an additional security tool to assist in the detection of contraband.”

It was installed at the jail in June, and has been in use for about a month.

The 8-second scan can detect metal, pills, plastics, drugs, and any unusually shaped items hidden on, or in, an inmate's body.

The sheriff's office will still conduct physical searches of the inmates, as well.

Officials said the system cost the county $215-thousand dollars. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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