Wyoming county jail starts strip-search jail policy

2014-07-03T12:12:00Z 2014-07-07T10:03:37Z Wyoming county jail starts strip-search jail policyThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 03, 2014 12:12 pm  • 

GILLETTE, Wyo. — The Campbell County Sheriff's Office has implemented a new policy of strip-searching certain inmates to try to keep them from bringing drugs into jail.

Under the new policy, detention officers will strip-search inmates with a history of drug arrests or use.

Sheriff Bill Pownall said officers have caught several people attempting to bring drugs in while the suspects were still in the booking area.

Court records state that several inmates used heroin that had been smuggled into the jail earlier this year.

Eleven people in Campbell County have felony cases against them for bringing controlled substances into the jail. All were arrested in the past year, and seven of those arrests occurred in the past six months.

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