Beltrami County Jail now has full body scanner

The Beltrami County Jail now has a full body scanner.

According to a release, the department is waiting on a variance from the Minnesota Department of Health to begin using this equipment.

The scanner will be used on offenders to ensure they are not bringing contraband into the jail, whether it be on or inside their person.

In 2019, 11 inmates overdosed, with eight of those being long after the booking of the inmate.

Contraband had entered the jail another 84 times last year alone, which went undetected by the officers’ pat-downs and searches. The scanner uses relatively lower doses of radiation, between .05 and 2 Sievert units.

A one-hour commercial flight can vary between 1 and 10 of these units, depending on altitude and position of the sun, and a chest x-ray patient would receive about 10 units.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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