For decades, it was well settled in federal law that jails cannot use a blanket strip-search policy that includes even those arrested on minor offenses whose behavior would not trigger any reasonable suspicion of the need for such an intrusive search. Those days are over. The pendulum is now swinging in the other direction and the law is very much in flux, as shown by this week's 3rd Circuit decision upholding blanket strip-search policies in two New Jersey counties.
Joining Trend, 3rd Circuit Upholds Jails' Blanket Strip-Search Policy
The Legal Intelligencer
September 23, 2010