Toothbrushes, potential weapons taken out of hands of Florida inmates

Published: Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 7:43 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 7:43 a.m.

FORT MYERS, Fla. Standard toothbrushes are out at the Lee County Jail, as officials try to take a potential weapon out of inmates' hands.

This week, the jail is bringing in brush tips that fit on the finger.

Sgt. David Velez says toothbrushes are among the most commonly altered items found in cells during random shakedowns. Staffers remove anything being used for purposes other than what was originally intended.

The move wasn't sparked by any recent events, Velez says, but as a precaution to protect both inmates and officers.

About 700 unused, hand-held brushes at the jail will be donated to the Children's Advocacy Center, which works with abused and neglected children.

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