Make CorrectionsOne your homepage. Strip searches are an important procedure in jails and prisons. They are an invaluable means of preventing introduction of contraband items, particularly weapons and drugs, into a facility. In recent years, strip searches in jails have been a focus of civil litigation and there have been several cases involving significant money damage awards or settlements.
Is everyone who enters jail subject to a strip search, even when the charged offense is minor?
Women Complain Of Humiliating, Illegal Strip Searches In San Francisco Jail | HuffPost
The women were ordered to line up outdoors, strip, and toss their clothes onto the concrete in front of them. Beneath their bare feet, oil from the buses that regularly idled on the same spot mingled with blood left by previous waves of female prisoners. Guards cursed, barked commands, made crude jokes about the odor, snickered at the naked bodies. They ordered the women to stand so close that their shoulders touched. They ordered them to use their fingers to separate their gums and their lips so that their mouths could be searched and then, without offering them a chance to wash first, to use their hands to spread their buttocks and their vaginas.
SCOTUS Upholds Pre-Jail Strip Searches for Everyone, No Matter How Minor the Offense
The following is an op-ed from staff at the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, which advocates with and on behalf of women and girls in prison. These commands are difficult to read, let alone carry out. Yet women must perform these tasks upon command nearly every day, every week in prisons across Canada.
In California, strip searches of inmates must be conducted in an area with privacy, and with no one of the opposite sex within sight. His office collected the stories of 16 women who said they experienced inappropriate strip searches inside County Jail No. About 90 percent of the women held there have yet to be convicted of a crime, Adachi said.