'Potty watch' used 1,200 times with limited results

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Posted: Jul 11, 2015 12:07 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Contraband surveillance watches, often informally called "potty watches," have been used 1,200 times in the 2 ½ years since the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's inspector general began keeping track in mid-2012, producing results 41 percent of the time. Of the 1,200 watches, 837 were completed in less than three days; 303 in three- to six days; 35 in six- to nine days; and 25 took longer than nine days.

Time period Contraband watches Contraband found Percent of cases where contraband found
July-Dec. 2012 263 124 47
2013 539 208 39
2014 398 156 39
Total 1200 488 41