Weprin's Jailhouse Body Scan Bill Becomes Law

By David Brand

Press releases from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office often reference “laser focus” but this time the mayor hailed x-ray vision.

On Tuesday, de Blasio praised new legislation signed Gov. Andrew that will Rikers Island corrections officers to use airport-style body scanners to search for blades hidden in detainees’ bodies.

The bill passed the Assembly in June despite concerns among some members. It was sponsored by Queens Assembly Member David Weprin, chair of the Assembly Corrections Committee.

 Corrections officers will now be able to use airport-style body scanners to search inmates for weapons. // Photo courtesy of TSA

Corrections officers will now be able to use airport-style body scanners to search inmates for weapons. // Photo courtesy of TSA

After Cuomo signed the bill into law, de Blasio praised the measure.

“Getting more advanced body scanners in our jails has been a top priority,” de Blasio said in a statement. “These units will help us drive down violence and make our jails safer for staff and inmates. I want to thank Governor Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Heastie, Senate Leaders Flanagan and Stewart-Cousins, bill sponsors Assembly Member Weprin and Senator Hannon, and COBA President Elias Husamudeen for their role in this critical reform.”

Assembly Member Danny O’Donnell led the opposition to the bill during the last legislative session, citing concerns about radiation exposure.