Supreme Court OKs routine jailhouse strip searches

Don’t get caught running a red light… you may have to remove your clothing someday for the offense – in the custody of the authorities.

The US Supreme Court has recently ok’d the strip searching of citizens for minor offenses based on the experience of a New Jersey man; Albert Florence, who was pulled over for speeding in 2005.

Justice Anthony Kennedy said the circumstances of the arrest were of little importance. Instead, Kennedy said, Florence’s entry into the general jail population gave guards the authorization to force him to strip naked and expose his mouth, nose, ears and genitals to a visual search in case he was hiding anything.

“Courts must defer to the judgment of correctional officials unless the record contains substantial evidence showing their policies are an unnecessary or unjustified response to problems of jail security,” Kennedy said. ~CNS

Supreme Court OKs routine jailhouse strip searches |

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