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Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Strip Search. No, that's not a sleazy come-on. That's what N.G. v. State of Connecticut was about -- repeated strip searches of young women in a juvenile detention facility. The women contended that the searches violated their Fourth Amendment rights in that there was no reasonable cause to believe they were hiding contraband. The District Court had dismissed the case, but the Second Circuit reversed, finding that while the initial search, when the women first came to the facility was appropriate, the subsequent searches while the women were in custody violated the Fourth Amendemnet in the absence of reasonable suspicion that contraband was possessed. The Court vacated the judgment of the District Court and remanded the case to determine what relief, if any, should be awarded.

The decision in this case can be found here.

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