In aftermath of jail attack, county officials examine using body scanner

By :Mike Brownlee| Posted : Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Mike Brownlee

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA– The Pottawattamie County Jail is looking to add body scanners to increase security.

“Like with any jail, there’s always that struggle keeping out contraband,” Sheriff Jeff Danker told the Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning. “We’re trying to do everything we can. It’s a battle all the time.”

Danker added inmates often go to great lengths to smuggle in items that aren’t allowed in the jail.

“They’re creative,” he said.

Danker and Jail Administrator Tiffany Mass explained the scanner would be used on inmates as they enter the jail, along with trips to and from the courthouse.

After the meeting, Danker noted the impetus for the effort came after an incident at the jail, which resulted in the death of Deputy Mark Burbridge. Deputy Pat Morgan was also injured.

Burbridge was killed on May 1 during an attempted escape by Wesley Correa-Carmenaty when Burbridge and Morgan returned the defendant to the jail after Correa-Carmenaty had a court appearance. Correa-Carmenaty was able to get one of the deputies’ guns and shot both men before fleeing the scene.

He was apprehended soon after in Omaha.

Correa-Carmenaty’s trial is set to start on Aug. 15.

“This has brought it to the forefront,” Danker said. “Before that, were we looking at body scanners? No.”

Danker said the Sheriff’s Office and Jail want to do “everything we can to keep (contraband) out.”

“We try to do everything we can to make sure our facility is safe,” for both staff and prisoners, Danker said.

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By: Mike Brownlee
Published: July 12, 2017

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