For all practical purposes, that shield has been shattered, leaving our liberty and personal integrity subject to the whim of every cop on the beat, trooper on the highway and jail official. During a routine traffic stop, Leila Tarantino was allegedly subjected to two roadside strip searches in plain view of passing traffic , while her two children -- ages 1 and 4 -- waited inside her car. During the second strip search, presumably in an effort to ferret out drugs, a female officer "forcibly removed" a tampon from Tarantino. No contraband or anything illegal was found. A North Carolina public school allegedly strip-searched a year-old boy in search of a twenty-dollar bill lost by another student, despite the fact that the boy, J. The assistant principal reportedly ordered the fifth grader to disrobe down to his underwear and subjected him to an aggressive strip-search that included rimming the edge of his underwear.
These Vulnerable Women Were Illegally Strip-Searched In A Private Prison
Women Who Visited Rikers Island Sue Over Strip Searches - NBC New York
The practice is prohibited, but dozens of lawsuits allege a pattern of humiliating searches of women who consented only to a pat-down. Jeannette Reynoso said she was subjected to a body-cavity search when she visited her husband on Rikers Island in Such searches are prohibited in New York City jails. By Jan Ransom.
'I felt completely helpless': Woman's strip search revives trauma of sexual assault
Vulnerable women in a privately run prison were illegally strip-searched on a routine basis, BuzzFeed News can reveal. Sodexo, the outsourcing giant that runs the prison, has admitted in High Court documents seen by BuzzFeed News that its staff search procedures broke the law because they allowed for immediate strip-searching on spec. It also admitted that its inadequate training of staff on full-body searches was unlawful and has since changed its policy and retrained its staff. The illegal strip searches at Bronzefield, which was the first private prison for women when it opened in , took place for at least five years until eight prisoners and former prisoners filed a judicial review case against Sodexo in the High Court last year. It was never heard in the court but a damages case is ongoing.
Terry Ekl, who had filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a year-old Coal City woman, said on Tuesday that five more women are claiming they also were stripped naked and searched for no legal reason. Ekl appeared in federal court in Chicago and was granted a motion that requires LaSalle County to preserve all video recordings from inside the jail. He said he still must vet the additional claims of illegal searches, but he said he has reason to believe their claims are true. Her lawsuit says deputies violated her civil rights and caused her emotional harm for conducting the search without a legal basis. Police say Holmes, who had been arrested in May for drunk driving, had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit of.