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County to discuss body scanner purchase for jail at Monday’s quorum court meeting

The Independence County Quorum Court will discuss the purchase of a full-body scanner for the Independence County Sheriff’s Department’s detention facility at Monday night’s meeting of the justices.

An appropriation in the amount of $163,000 from the county’s new American Rescue Plan Fund will be used to purchase a CLEARPASS body scanner for the jail, according to an ordinance requested by Sheriff Shawn Stephens.

According to CLEARPASS, their body scanners facilitate the rapid, non-intrusive inspection of people attempting to conceal contraband items on or inside their bodies.

As a result of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Independence County Judge Robert Griffin told White River Now last month the county had already received its half — about $3.65 million — of the county’s designated $7.3 million in funds from the plan.

The meeting of the Independence County Quorum Court begins at 6 p.m. at the Jess B. Carpenter Building, 368 Main St., in Batesville.

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