Supreme Court Rules Strip Searches for Any Offense Constitutional

In the wake of the publicity surrounding the health care debate, the Supreme Court made a ruling on Tuesday that will have huge implications for those entering the criminal justice system. In a 5-4 decision, the Court held that any arrestee could be strip searched before entering jail, regardless of their offense and regardless of whether there is actual suspicion that they are concealing contraband. This means that anyone arrested for minor violations, such as traffic offenses, can be ordered to stand naked and subject themselves to a search. Justice Breyer’s dissent called the majority ruling “a serious affront to human dignity and to individual privacy.”  Justice Kennedy, on the other hand, noted that even those arrested for minor offenses can turn out the be dangerous criminals. Who do you agree with?  Do you feel comfortable with this new policy? Leave us a comment and share your thoughts.

 

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One thought on “Supreme Court Rules Strip Searches for Any Offense Constitutional

  1. I haven’t done a lot of research on this topic, but I am generally hesitant when it comes to increased police power. It seems to be easy to abuse, leaves room for discriminatory use.

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