The inmates, some of whom were menstruating, were told to remove their clothes and lift and spread their body parts, in full view of one another. Deputies yelled degrading comments and profanities as they made their orders. Some laughed.
The class-action lawsuit was filed in on behalf of former inmates who said they were placed in groups of up to 50 and ordered to expose their genitals while deputies shouted degrading comments. The searches during intake inspections at the Sheriff's Department's Century Regional Detention Facility caused the women trauma and humiliation, the lawsuit said. Many of the examinations occurred at night in a bus garage that was without heaters untilthe suit said.
Six female correction officers have been indicted amid allegations that women endured invasive body cavity and strip searches when they tried to visit loved ones in jail, horror stories that were unearthed in a series of I-Team reports. They pleaded not guilty to charges including official misconduct, unlawful imprisonment and conspiracy at their arraignment early Monday afternoon. According to court documents, the correction officers routinely unlawfully strip-searched female visitors, including forcing them to remove their pants and underwear, touching their breasts and examining their genital areas.
There are strict rules surrounding strip searches of female prisoners. These rules regulate the circumstances under which female prisoners can be strip searched and how they may be searched. If officers do not follow standard procedure, the strip search will be considered unlawful. More restrictions apply to searching female prisoners.
A woman who arrived at the jail next to Manhattan criminal court to visit a detainee last August was given a curt instruction: sign a consent form and undergo a search. Believing that she had no choice, the woman complied, a prosecutor said in court on Monday. A correction officer told her to pull down her pants and spread her legs, while other officers stood nearby and watched.
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.
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.
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DETROIT AP — A federal lawsuit says female inmates at a southeastern Michigan jail were forced to remove their clothes in front of male inmates and guards as well as other jail employees. The lawsuit this week on behalf of women who were Wayne County Jail inmates in recent months says the searches were unconstitutional and alleges the women were subjected to crude remarks. Their lawyer Michael Dezsi says hundreds of women have been subjected to similar searches at the jail.