"This new technology will better detect contraband and serve as a deterrent to illicit activity in New York’s prisons, helping to protect the health and safety of correction officers and inmates," Governor Cuomo said. "We will continue to ensure our correctional system has access to the resources and the tools they need to improve the safety and security of our facilities."
Unlike traditional metal detectors, staff have the ability to easily move, and even hide these devices, which has significantly improved their ability to search for contraband and weapons in areas, and times that were previously considered problematic. The device, which requires less than a minute to set up, conducts full body scan of inmates who walk past, allowing for more inmates to be searched in less time. In just the first few weeks of use, these devices have uncovered numerous illicit items such as metal weapons and needles.
At Green Haven Correctional Facility in Beekman, Dutchess County, Cellsense alerted staff to an inmate who was later found to have ingested a razor blade wrapped in electrical tape, something that is often undetectable by traditional means given how the weapon was wrapped and hidden in the body.