U.S. Supreme Court Justifies Jail Strip-Searches

U.S. Supreme Court Justifies Jail Strip-Searches

POSTED: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 4:09pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 9:14am

EL PASO - A controversial ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court is allowing strip-searches to take place a lot more easily. Even minor crimes like speeding could now have you stripping down inside of the county jail.

The courts opinion is concerning to a lot of people, including members of the Paso Del Norte Civil Rights group.

"I think it's a very powerful tool for an ever expanding police state," Paso Del Norte Civil Rights Attorney Amin Alehashem said.

The Supreme Court ruling is meant to protect inmates and jail staff, but some believe it's just stripping our Fourth Amendment Right against unreasonable searches.

"I think in these instances where you have a seat belt offense or just a minor traffic offense to be subjected to the horror of having people search every cavity of your body, I think, is unconscionable," Alehashem said. " It's something everyone should be concerned about."

The Dona Ana County Jail does not require detainees to be strip searched, but a county spokesman says they're reviewing their policy in light of the ruling.

"If this does happen to you, it doesn't mean it's always constitutional," Alehashem said.

The Supreme Court ruled the strip-search reasonable in a 5-to-4 vote, and in the opinion they didn't completely brush off the Fourth Amendment. The court says if a detainee could be housed separately from the general population a strip-search could still be considered unconstitutional.

Find out what strip-search policies are in place at the El Paso County Detention Center and if they're reviewing their policies in light of the supreme courts ruling tonight on News Channel 9 at 10pm.

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This is scary stuff. It's giving a lot of power to people who may want nothing more but to humiliate a person. The case that precipitated this ruling is a good example: The man was wrongfully arrested and made to stay in jail for eight days, before he was allowed to go before a judge. During this time he was stripped searched multiple times. It sounds like someone had it out for this man, and violated every right he had and the SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES UPHELD IT. How many minor traffic stops have resulted in contraband?

Are we going to take this lying down? WE ARE ALL IN DANGER.

Stupid Supreme Court Justices as well as the Auhtorities who agree to this ruling have forgotten that it is the free citizens/taxpayers that live in this country that pay their salaries. Who the hell if-it wasn't for us tax payers/potential stripsearch victims would provide them with a way to raise a family. This quote about "safety" is just a brainwashing technique that is becomming more and more frequent nowadays whenever someone talks about Police Officers requests.

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