Vulnerable women in a privately run prison were illegally strip-searched on a routine basis, BuzzFeed News can reveal. Sodexo, the outsourcing giant that runs the prison, has admitted in High Court documents seen by BuzzFeed News that its staff search procedures broke the law because they allowed for immediate strip-searching on spec. It also admitted that its inadequate training of staff on full-body searches was unlawful and has since changed its policy and retrained its staff.
Jump to navigation Skip navigation. Since December, the women report that they no longer have to sit for the search, however the most degrading procedure remains in place -- the women are forced to spread their legs while standing and spread their labia while a guard peers into their vaginal cavity. These quotations have been lightly edited for clarity and length.
Three female inmates are suing the Wayne County Jail over what they call embarrassing, humiliating, and degrading alleged strip search practices. The inmates say jail guards often conducted mass strip searches in common areas of the jail, in full view of male guards and other inmates. The searches were ostensibly to look for contraband.
With four or more officers present, the inmate must: take off all her clothes, lift her breasts and, if large, her stomach, turn around, bend over, spread her buttocks with her hands and cough, and stand up and face the wall. If the woman is menstruating, she must remove her tampon or pad and hand it to a guard. An officer with a video camera stands a few feet away and records the entire strip search. This officer is almost always male.
Strip searches: a daily, degrading routine I have been subjected to since the tender age of These factors made my first few strip searches all the more excruciating. I remember how terrified I was, being certified as an adult and being transferred from a juvenile facility to an adult county jail.
An anonymous woman has launched a lawsuit against the Corrections Corporation of America - the primary prison management company in America - after she was allegedly strip-searched and intimately inspected to "prove" she was on her period while visiting a prison in Tennessee. According to the lawsuitthe woman was entering the prison to visit an inmate when she was stopped in the security line. She responded by removing the pad from her pocket to show the guards, explaining that she was on her period, and asked about the CCA's policy on taking pads into the prison.
The following is an op-ed from staff at the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, which advocates with and on behalf of women and girls in prison. These commands are difficult to read, let alone carry out. Yet women must perform these tasks upon command nearly every day, every week in prisons across Canada.
One prisoner was told to remove and dispose of a sanitary towel. The precedent set is important for accountability of both private and public bodies where human rights are potentially violated. Figures show 57 per cent of women in prison in England and Wales have been victims of domestic violence, while 53 per cent have experienced emotional, physical or sexual abuse as a child, with female inmates often victims of much more serious offences than the ones for which they have been convicted.
After violating terms of her parole for a first-degree retail fraud charge, Janine Weathington entered Division 1 of Wayne County Jail in downtown Detroit on Nov. It wasn't an unusual circumstance for the thenyear-old Detroiter; Weathington had previously been incarcerated several times on similar charges. But something about this day was more than a footnote in her trips through the justice system.