Mahoning jail ODs prompt move to buy county scanner


YOUNGSTOWN

The Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office wants to buy a $212,000 digital full-body, airport-style scanning machine to screen all inmates entering and leaving the county jail, Maj. Alki Santamas, jail administrator, told the county commissioners.

“This body scanner is a very positive benefit for the security of the jail and the safety of the inmates in there,” Sheriff Jerry Greene told the commissioners during their Thursday staff meeting.

Greene and Santamas spoke after nonfatal overdoses by two county jail inmates Monday, caused by a drug believed to be fentanyl, which was reportedly smuggled into the jail in a body cavity of a third inmate, who has been charged with carrying the drug into the lockup.

“We dodged a bullet on Monday,” when jail medical staff swiftly administered Narcan to the inmates who had overdosed, Santamas said.

County officials had earlier discussed the body-scanner purchase in January, Greene said.

For more on the matter, read Friday's Vindicator or Vindy.com.

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