Fed Court Gives NJ Jails Leeway On Strip Searches

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal court has ruled in favor of two New Jersey jails in a case involving strip searches of arrestees.

The class-action suit was brought by a southern New Jersey man who said he was strip-searched at county jails in Burlington and Essex counties after being arrested for not paying a traffic fine.

A federal judge in New Jersey ruled in Albert Florence’s favor last year, and the counties appealed.

In a 2-1 ruling published Tuesday, the Third Circuit in Philadelphia held that the jails have the right to strip-search arrestees regardless of whether or not they have been arrested for a violent crime.

In federal cases in other states, courts have been divided over what circumstances are necessary to justify the searches.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


One Comment

  1. CaptainK says:

    I always assumed everyone was strip searched. Hwo else do you prevent the violent friends from getting weapons or contraband from the non violoent friends? Ya know we’re not gonna build more jails until after the GOOP rescinds the 13th amendment and people refuse to work for free.

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