There are strict rules surrounding strip searches of female prisoners. These rules regulate the circumstances under which female prisoners can be strip searched and how they may be searched. If officers do not follow standard procedure, the strip search will be considered unlawful. More restrictions apply to searching female prisoners. It was just one of the recommendations of the Corston Report, which was commissioned after six women took their own lives at HMP Styal over a 13 month period.
Grounds for a strip search
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Brakkton Booker. Ralph Northam announced on Friday that he is "deeply disturbed" by reports of a young girl being strip searched at a corrections facility last month. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced on Friday that he is suspending a policy that permitted correctional staff to perform a strip search on an 8-year-old girl last month as she was trying to visit her father. The incident took place days before the Thanksgiving holiday at Buckingham Correctional Center in Dillwyn, about a minute drive west of Richmond. The girl was "stripped naked and searched" by correctional staffers, according to The Virginian-Pilot , which broke the news of the strip search incident on Thursday.
A strip search is a practice of searching a person for weapons or other contraband suspected of being hidden on their body or inside their clothing, and not found by performing a frisk search , by requiring the person to remove some or all of his or her clothing. The search may involve an official performing an intimate person search and inspecting their personal effects and body cavities mouth, vagina, anus etc. A strip search is more intrusive than a frisk and requires legal authority. Regulations covering strip searches vary considerably, and may be mandatory in some situations or discretionary in others. In North America, civil lawsuits, as well as criminal code charges against strip searches have usually been successful when a person is strip searched by someone of the opposite sex, especially in cases where a woman has been strip searched by a male guard or guards. The more disputed legal cases have often involved the presence of people of the other gender during a strip search. Some of these cases have been less successful because of the legal technicality of who was actually performing the strip search, i. Another legal issue is that of blanket strip searches, such as in jails where detainees are routinely strip searched prior to conviction of a crime. Courts have often held that blanket strip searches are acceptable only for convicted persons. For detainees pending trial, there must be a reasonable suspicion that the detainee is in possession of weapons or other contraband before a strip search can be conducted.