SENATE, No. 882

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

217th LEGISLATURE

 

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2016 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  LINDA R. GREENSTEIN

District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)

Senator  SHIRLEY K. TURNER

District 15 (Hunterdon and Mercer)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Permits correctional facilities to utilize body imaging scanning equipment.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel.

  


An Act concerning correctional facility security, supplementing Title 30 of the Revised Statutes, and amending P.L.1985, c.70.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    (New section)  a.  As used in this act, “body imaging scanning equipment” means equipment that utilizes a low dose conventional x-ray transmission to produce an anatomical image of the inmate capable of identifying external and internal contraband.

     b.    A State or county correctional facility may utilize body imaging scanning equipment for the purpose of searching arrestees, detainees, and inmates.  The use of body imaging scanning equipment pursuant to this section shall be limited to searches conducted: 

     (1)   when an inmate enters or leaves the correctional facility;

     (2)   any time before or after an inmate is placed in close custody, prehearing detention, disciplinary detention, protective custody, psychological observation, or suicide watch;

     (3)   any time before or after an inmate has a contact visit in which the inmate and a visitor are permitted physical contact with each other;

     (4)   after an inmate has been in any area where the inmate has had access to dangerous or valuable items; 

     (5)   during a mass search of an inmate housing unit or inmate work area;

     (6)   when a custody staff member with a rank of sergeant or above determines that there exists a reasonable suspicion that an inmate is carrying or concealing contraband on the inmate’s person, or in the inmate's anal or vaginal cavity; or

     (7)   when a custody staff member with a rank of sergeant or above determines that the search is reasonably necessary for safety and security.

     c.     Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law to the contrary, the body image scanning equipment may be operated by an employee of the State or county correctional facility or other law enforcement officer.  Prior to operating body imaging scanning equipment, an employee or officer shall successfully complete a training course approved by the Police Training Commission pursuant to P.L.1961, c.56 (C.52:17B-66 et seq.) and meet any other qualifications, including education and training, as determined by the Commissioner of Corrections. 

     d.    The commissioner shall, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), adopt regulations, as appropriate, to effectuate the purposes of this act.

     2.    Section 3 of P.L.1985, c.70 (C.2A:161A-3) is amended to read as follows:

     3.    a.  For purposes of this act, a "strip search" means the removal or rearrangement of clothing for the purpose of visual inspection of the person's undergarments, buttocks, anus, genitals or breasts.  The term does not include the use of body imaging scanning equipment pursuant to section 1 of P.L.      , c.     (C.        )(pending before the Legislature as this bill) or any removal or rearrangement of clothing reasonably required to render medical treatment or assistance or the removal of articles of outer-clothing such as coats, ties, belts or shoelaces. 

     b.    For purposes of this act, a "body cavity search" means the visual inspection or manual search of a person's anal or vaginal cavity.

(cf:  P.L.1991, c.305, s.3)

 

     3.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill permits State and county correctional facilities to utilize body scanning imaging equipment to search inmates. The bill limits the use of body imaging scanning equipment to searches conducted before or after the inmate enters or leaves the facility.  The bill also permits the use of body imaging scanning equipment to search an inmate prior to or following a prehearing detention, disciplinary detention, protective custody, psychological observation, suicide watch, or a contact visit in which the inmate and visitor have physical contact and under certain other circumstances.

     The body image scanning equipment may be operated by an employee of the correctional facility or other law enforcement officer.  The bill requires an employee who operates the equipment to successfully complete a training course approved by the Police Training Commission and meet any education and training qualifications required by the Commissioner of Corrections.  Body imaging scanning equipment is defined in the bill as equipment that utilizes a low dose conventional x-ray transmission to produce an anatomical image of the inmate which is capable of identifying external and internal contraband.