High court upholds jails’ strip searches

High court upholds jails’ strip searches

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court ruled Monday that jailers may subject people arrested for minor offenses to invasive strip searches, siding with security needs over privacy rights.

By a 5-4 vote, the court ruled against a New Jersey man who complained that strip searches in two county jails violated his civil rights.

Justice Anthony Kennedy said in his majority opinion for the court’s conservative justices that when people are going to be put into the general jail population, “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.”

In a dissenting opinion joined by the court’s liberals, Justice Stephen Breyer said strip searches improperly “subject those arrested for minor offenses to serious invasions of their personal privacy.” Breyer said jailers ought to have a reasonable suspicion someone may be hiding something before conducting a strip search.

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High court upholds jails’ strip searches

Well, maybe this will end the crying about *strip searches* … and of course the LEFT side of the SCOTUS stands in solidarity with Albert Florence, the poor, downtrodden Black man that had his personal privacy invaded, I’m just surprised that the usual suspects haven’t arrived to make a full blown RACE issue out of it.

So this guy was offended by the *strip search*, too bad, the safety of arresting Officers and Corrections Officers is paramount to all concerns for the personal privacy of a prisoner.

You see, I don’t give a DAMN about his nonexistent right to privacy.

This is a small sampling of *prison weapons*, and those that can be brought into prison if a through search is not conducted.

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Albert Florence was forced to undress and submit to strip searches following his arrest on a warrant for an unpaid fine, though the fine actually had been paid. Even if the warrant had been valid, failure to pay a fine is not a crime in New Jersey.

If Florence had an issue with the why of his arrest, challenge that. Maybe the Justice System in New Jersey DID make a mistake, that is a distinct possibility, but the safety of our Police and Corrections personnel supersedes his rights to privacy.

Sue the state of New Jersey for false arrest if you feel you must, that ball buster looking thing you have for an attorney looks like she might enjoy that effort (Susan Chana Lask), but don’t let your faux outrage at being strip searched endanger our Officers.

Anyone that has ever worked in Law Enforcement or Corrections knows the WHY of a search, and it’s damned sure not to get some weird *thrill*, at least for most, it’s all about safety, that of the officers involved and, believe it or not, the safety of the others that are in jail for whatever reason.

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4 Responses to High court upholds jails’ strip searches

  1. BobF says:

    It seems like there are four justices that are Hell bent on undermining the fabric of this nation and everything that made great.

    There are no rights in prison, only criminals who forfeited their rights when they knowingly broke the law.

    You’re right Fred. There is no such thing in the Constitution as a right to privacy.

  2. Let’s be blunt: strip searches aren’t for shanks per se, or for larger items.

    They’re for the smaller objects that people secrete into their various cavities, in their mouths, behind their balls, up their ass, a search that a simple external “pat down” cannot reveal. Getting naked reveals all that and possible items TAPED or GLUED to an individual as well. Yes, in the strangest of locations.

    At first blush “up their ass” is offensive on its face to the civilian population or those unaffiliated with law enforcement. However, it’s a credit to various gangs to get drugs, tobacco (These days, in tobacco-free jails and prisons, sometimes even MORE valuable than drugs!) and smaller weapons into facilities.

    And yes, the occasional larger item as well for those with particularly LOOSE sphincters.

    As in an ass stash. Condoms, plastic bags and actual cylindrical metal containers are all used for rectal contraband insertion.

    To you and me this is obscene. To the prison and jail populations, this is ho-hum; just the slight cost of doing business in order to run product in institutions and make money and power.

    In Fornicalia, you can’t strip search fresh arrestees unless you can articulate SPECIFIC probable cause. In some agencies that actually requires a signed warrant. Generally, in Fornicalia, you can only do so after an arrest and a conviction with a sentencing to an actual facility.

    I will be curious how the various LE agency attorneys in Fornicalia will interpret this SCOTUS ruling.

    BZ

    • TexasFred says:

      If people think this is a gross subject, we sure as hell don’t want to bring up the HUGE does of laxative that are used to remove *ingested* items..

      Talk about a shitty mess… :P

  3. NativeSon says:

    It wasn’t too long ago a subject smuggled a .38 revolver into jail (“up his ass”) it is USUALLY drug/cigarettes etc BUT other stuff too….
    Stay safe out there!

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