Depending on the jail will determine the amount of time an inmate search occurs. Generally, some type on inmate search will be conducted on a daily basis. Often these searches are quick and will involve a prison guard observing the cell.
More thorough searches will involve the inmates being removed from the cells and a prison official searching in all the areas of the cell, including under the bed and behind any other pieces of furniture. When inmates enter a jail facility they will be initially searched. In some jails, after an inmate has a visitor, they may be searched again. Inmate searches are determined and conducted by the staff at the jail. If an item is found, that is illegal in the jail facility, the inmate could receive punishment.