- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) - Westchester County officials say they’ll be restricting inmate visits after 13 prisoners were sickened last month by synthetic marijuana they say was smuggled into a jail.

Executive Robert Astorino said Friday that beginning Sept. 14 the number of visitors who can see an inmate will be limited from four to two. He says correction officials will also limit the amount of contact between inmates and visitors to a brief hug and kiss at the begging and end of visits.

The new regulations come after the authorities charged the wife of an inmate on July 19 with smuggling synthetic marijuana into the 1,100-inmate Westchester County Jail. Six other inmates were also charged with promoting prison contraband.

There are about 60,000 annual visits to the Valhalla-based lockup.

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