Warden Tracy Beltz

 Tracy Beltz

This legislative session, Rep. Brad Tabke chief authored a bill on behalf of the Minnesota Sheriffs Association and the Minnesota Department of Corrections to authorize state and local correctional facilities to use body scanning technology.

The legislation passed, giving the DOC’s Shakopee facility the ability to detect contraband materials, including drugs, in a safe and efficient manner. Tabke’s leadership and foresight on this issue will greatly enhance the safety and security of our staff, offenders, visitors, and the Shakopee community.

In addition, the ability to use technology to search for contraband instead of performing unclothed body searches allows us to enhance our gender-responsive correctional philosophies as it creates a less invasive process for the incarcerated women, who often have past trauma.

On behalf of the Minnesota DOC, I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation for Tabke for his continued collaboration and support for the safety of our facilities and our communities, especially here in Shakopee.

Tracy Beltz

Warden, Minnesota Correctional Facility-Shakopee

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