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Document 026951
An Update on Jail Strip Searches of General Population Detainees
“In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote, decided Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders, #10-945, 132 S. Ct. 1510, 2012 U.S. Lexis 2712. It changed the landscape, abandoning a focus on the need for a detailed analysis of the presence or absence of reasonable suspicion to justify the carrying out of a strip search. For the Court’s majority, the focus shifted to a less murky dividing line, based on whether an incoming detainee, regardless of what they are charged with or whether there is ... Read More
9 pages
Document 027003
End to Silence: The Project on Addressing Prison Rape--Case Law Surveys
American University. Washington School of Law (Washington, DC).
This website provides access to “new case law digests, designed to provide up to date information about the evolving legal responsibilities and liabilities for correctional employees and facilities. In light of an increasing amount of litigation involving both correctional staff and supervisors, these case law digests can provide a starting point for understanding the dynamics of legal liability in custodial settings.” Currently there are two publications “Cross-gender Searches: A Case Law Surv... Read More
Document 027275
Cross-gender Searches: A Case Law Survey
By Smith, Brenda V.; Loomis, Melissa C.. National PREA Resource Center (Washington, DC); American University. Washington College of Law. Project on Addressing Prison Rape (Washington, DC).
“Inmates and detainees retain a limited privacy right when detained in correctional settings, particularly in the context of cross-gender searches. Jurisdictions have approached the competing interests of privacy and cross-gender searches quite differently, finding liability for correctional officers, supervisors, and facilities under a variety of circumstances. These decisions are highly fact-sensitive, and the jurisprudence has evolved rapidly. This document provides an overview of cross-gende... Read More
40 pages
Document 027213
Compact, Low-Cost Body Cavity Screening Device
By Magnuson, Erik. National Institute of Justice (Washington, DC). Quantum Magnetics, Inc. (Santa Ana, CA).
“Electric field tomography (EFT) was investigated as a method for developing a low-cost, non-invasive body cavity screening device” (p. 2). Such a tool will make it easier for correctional agencies to perform cavity searches in a more effective manner. This report describes the successful development of a multi-frequency EFT laboratory prototype system. Sections following an abstract include: executive summary; survey of correctional facilities—contraband items in the corrections environment, th... Read More
54 pages
Document 027523
Operational Searches
North Carolina Dept. of Public Safety. Division of Prisons (Raleigh, NC).
“Operational searches are essential to the safe and secure operation of a prison facility and are a primary method to detect and intercept weapons, drugs and other contraband detrimental to the order and security of the facility” (p. 1). This policy explains the process for searching inmates. Procedures cover: how to conduct complete searches; when to conduct complete searches; how conduct routine searches; body cavity searches; and complete shakedown searches of inmate’s quarters and effects.... Read More
5 pages
Document 003334
Policies Regarding Searches of Visitors: A Survey
By Scholes, Patricia. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). National Institute of Corrections Information Center (Longmont, CO); LIS, Inc. (Longmont, CO).
Policies of six western prison facilities and one department of corrections regarding searches of visitors are briefly reported.... Read More
2 p.
Document 007007
RISC Management (Apprehension and Defensive Tactics): A Training Guide for Probation and Parole Agents
By Colby, Marc H.; Krahn, Adelaide B.. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Wisconsin Division of Corrections (Madison, WI).
Objectives of this training guide include explaining the RISC Management confrontational continuum, explaining how to implement RISC Management, demonstrating pat down and search techniques, and defining deadly force. Designed for probation and parole agents, this basic course requires 16 hours of instruction. The guide is available in a loose-leaf format.... Read More
57 p.
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