Criminal Justice

Two Colo. Courthouses Now Using Full-Body Scanners


Taking a cue from airports, two Colorado courthouses are using full-body scanners at security entrances. The US Marshals Service, which is responsible for federal court security, is exploring the idea as well, according to an Associated Press article.

The Colorado courthouses, in Douglas and El Paso counties, station guards in rooms separate from the entrances, to monitor the scanned images. Subjects’ faces and genital areas are pixelated, according to the article, and the images are not stored.

Metal detectors, developed in the 1970s and more commonly used for courthouse security, don’t detect more modern items, like plastic guns and knives, according to the AP article. “Although we have no current plans for deployment, the U.S. Marshals Service believes in the technology,” Washington-based Michael Prout, assistant director for judicial security for the U.S. Marshals, told the AP. “We will continue to explore the use of body scanners as a security measure for the federal judiciary.”

Hat tip to How Appealing.

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