Get Pulled Over for a Traffic Offense- Get Ready for a Strip Search!

Posted by on April 4, 2012

Get pulled over for a traffic offense and get ready for a strip search – well, not exactly!

Criminal Justice Program Chair, Janell Trocke

However, the U.S. Supreme Court did rule on April 2nd that strip searches in jails are legal even for minor charges, such as traffic offenses or failing to pay a fine!  Citing the
4th Amendment (protection against unreasonable searches and seizures) opponents
feel that the searches for minor offenses are humiliating.

However, the U.S. Supreme Court feels that the safety of staff and inmates at jails and prisons outweighs an individual’s 4th Amendment rights.  So, it does not matter what you are arrested for–if you are going into the general population of a jail, you will be strip searched.  You may want to think twice before committing a crime–no matter how small it is!

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