Maryland

New technology for Md. prisons to be unveiled in Somerset Co.

MARYLAND - State officials say they will be unveiling new technology at a local correctional facility which will combat the use of cell phones and weapons in Maryland prisons. 

The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services for the State of Maryland says they will unveil cutting edge technology at the Eastern Correctional Institution (ECI) that will allow prison officials to better seize cell phones and metal weapons that are blamed for prison violence.

According to the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, the state has invested $1.8 million to purchase Cellsense portable scanners for its 24 correctional facilities to capture inmate cell phones used to run drug operations and intimidate witnesses outside the facilities.The system can reportedly be moved around the prison and pick up hard to detect cell phones that are getting smaller with reduced metal components, while also locating dangerous metal weapons used in assaults on inmates and correctional officers. the machine apparently is two times more powerful than normal detection devices and can easily locate metal inside the body.

Officials report that in recent federal indictments of inmates and correctional officers in Baltimore and the Eastern Shore, smuggled cell phones were used to run illegal operations outside the facilities.

Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Stephen T. Moyer is scheduled to unveil the new technology at ECI on Thursday, in Somerset County.

"We are putting all inmates on notice that we are stepping up our war on cell phones and weapons that make our correctional facilities less safe," says Moyer.


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