For the past few months, Mississippi prison employees have had to walk through body scanners when they go to work to make sure they’re not carrying drugs, weapons or other contraband items.

If some lawmakers get their way, that will change.

House Bill 926 proposes that the scanners be used only if there’s reason to suspect an employee is carrying contraband.

Republican Rep. Dennis DeBar of Leakesville has constituents who work at South Mississippi Correctional Institution, and some believe the scanners invade their privacy. He said many of them are worried that a co-worker could see naked images of their bodies.

“We have a lot of religious people — Pentecostals and Baptists — who object to that,” DeBar said Monday at the Capitol.

Gulflive
1/28/14