On November 2, , the Sixth Circuit reversed a permanent injunction and summary judgment order entered by a federal district court in a 42 U. Wolfish , U. The Court of Appeals noted the HOC was an often crowded facility, with large numbers of prisoners cycling in and out on a daily basis, and that the jail had a need to both process numerous prisoners and prevent the spread of disease. The need for delousing outweighed the admittedly substantial invasion of personal rights that resulted from the policy. The fact that Williams returned to the HOC three times after filing the instant complaint — the most recent example being approximately four years ago — does not confer standing because the relevant inquiry is whether she had a live, actionable claim for relief at the time she filed suit. Following remand, the defendants moved for payment of costs in the case.
Women in jail endured group strip searches. L.A. County to pay $53 million to settle suit
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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. A judge found the invasiveness of the strip searches — that the women had to expose their genitals in large groups, without any privacy — violated their 4th Amendment rights.
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One prisoner was told to remove and dispose of a sanitary towel. The precedent set is important for accountability of both private and public bodies where human rights are potentially violated. Figures show 57 per cent of women in prison in England and Wales have been victims of domestic violence, while 53 per cent have experienced emotional, physical or sexual abuse as a child, with female inmates often victims of much more serious offences than the ones for which they have been convicted.
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. They ordered the women to stand so close that their shoulders touched. They ordered them to use their fingers to separate their gums and their lips so that their mouths could be searched and then, without offering them a chance to wash first, to use their hands to spread their buttocks and their vaginas.