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Case Name Roscom v. City of Chicago JC-IL-0031
Docket / Court 82C-2138 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Strip Search Cases
Case Summary
A pretrial detainee brought this case on September 12, 1983 against the City of Chicago, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She claimed she was illegally strip searched when she could not post bond and was placed into general population at the County Jail.
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A pretrial detainee brought this case on September 12, 1983 against the City of Chicago, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She claimed she was illegally strip searched when she could not post bond and was placed into general population at the County Jail.

On November 3, 1983, the District Court (Judge Shadur) dismissed her claims against the city defendants and her claim for punitive damages, but denied the County's motion to dismiss. Roscom v. City of Chicago, 550 F.Supp. 153 (N.D. Ill. 1982).

After a bench trial, the Court (Judge Shakur) dismissed the remainder of plaintiff's case, holding that absent evidence that a search is abusive or other than routine, and because there was a legitimate security concern, the search was reasonable. 570 F.Supp. 1259 Roscom v. City of Chicago (N.D. Ill. 1983)

Denise Heberle - 03/23/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
General
Strip search policy
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) City of Chicago
Cook County
Plaintiff Description Woman arrested pursuant to warrant for writing bad checks. She was strip-searched at the County Jail after having spent several hours in a holding cell with other detainees, and before being put into the general jail population.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1983
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies After Decision: Implementation of Judicial Decrees in Correctional Settings
Written: Oct. 01, 1977
By: M. Kay Harris & Dudley P. Spiller (Temple University)
Citation: (1977)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ]

  Jail Strip-Search Cases: Patterns and Participants
http://law.duke.edu/journals/lcp
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University in St. Louis)
Citation: 71 Law & Contemp. Problems 65 (2008)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Memorandum Opinion and Order [Dismissing Some Defendants, and Punitive Damages Claim] 11/03/1982 (550 F.Supp. 153) (N.D. Ill.)
JC-IL-0031-0002 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum Opinion and Order [Fully Dismissing Case] 09/12/1983 (570 F.Supp. 1259) (N.D. Ill.)
JC-IL-0031-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Shadur, Milton Irving (N.D. Ill.)
JC-IL-0031-0001 | JC-IL-0031-0002
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Segal, Donald W. (Illinois)
JC-IL-0031-0001 | JC-IL-0031-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Daley, Richard M. (Illinois)
JC-IL-0031-0001 | JC-IL-0031-0002
Garber, Stanley (Illinois)
JC-IL-0031-0002
Kahan, Penny Nathan (Illinois)
JC-IL-0031-0002
Kemmer, Randolph T. (Illinois)
JC-IL-0031-0001
Papushkewych, Darka (Illinois)
JC-IL-0031-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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