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Case Name Haney v. Miami-Dade County JC-FL-0012
Docket / Court 04-20516-CIV ( S.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Strip Search Cases
Case Summary
In November 2003, high officials from dozens of Western Hemisphere countries, and thousands of protesters, came to Miami for a meeting on the "Free Trade Area of the Americas." Several hundred of the protesters were arrested, most on misdemeanor charges such as "failure to obey" police orders to ... read more >
In November 2003, high officials from dozens of Western Hemisphere countries, and thousands of protesters, came to Miami for a meeting on the "Free Trade Area of the Americas." Several hundred of the protesters were arrested, most on misdemeanor charges such as "failure to obey" police orders to disperse. Officers at the Miami Pre-Trial Detention Center strip searched the women protestors, conducting a visual body-cavity search.

When Judith Haney, one of the protestors who had been searched got home to California, she got in touch with Mark Merin, the lawyer who representing plaintiffs challenging similar conduct in San Francisco and Sacramento. Merin brought in the Florida Justice Institute, an organization well known for its work on behalf of prison and jail inmates. They filed the case in March 2004 in the Southern District of Florida as a (putative) class action.

The city disagreed on the facts, and also argued that the plaintiffs lacked standing to seek injunctive relief (since none of them lived in Miami and was likely to be arrested again). The case was assigned to Adalberto Jordan, a Clinton appointee to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. In August 2004, Judge Jordan denied the city's motion to dismiss the injunctive claims. Haney v. Miami-Dade County, 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19552 (S.D. Fla. Aug. 24, 2004).

The parties reached agreement in February 2005, setting the class as women improperly strip searched from March 5, 2000 until February 28, 2005. The jail implemented a new policy, which allowed strip searches prior to formal first appearance before a judge and subsequent incarceration in general population only if the charged offense involved violence, weapons, or drugs, or if there was some other individualized suspicion relating to contraband. (The new policy was entered in court in a stipulation as part of the settlement papers.)

The monetary settlement was $6.25 million--$4,550,000 for verified claims by class members; $1 million for attorneys' fees; $100,000 for plaintiffs' costs and expenses; $300,000 for the five class representatives; and $300,000 for settlement administration. About 1000 women submitted claims, and split the $4.55 million with each person's share based on the number of times she was strip searched and other aggravating circumstances.

Margo Schlanger - 07/15/2007

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Issues and Causes of Action
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Affected Gender
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Unreasonable search and seizure
Search policies
Strip search policy
Type of Facility
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Miami-Dade County
Miami-Dade County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Miami-Dade Pretrial Detention Center
Miami-Dade Women's Detention Center
Plaintiff Description All women arrested on non-felony charges from 3/1/00 - 2/28/05 who were subjected to pre-first appearance strip and/or visual body cavity searches without reasonable suspicion of contraband by any jail facility operated by Miami-Dade County.
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2005 - n/a
Filing Year 2004
Case Closing Year 2005
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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  Jail Strip-Search Cases: Patterns and Participants
Date: Spring 2008
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University in St. Louis Faculty)
Citation: 71 Law & Contemp. Problems 65 (2008)
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1:04-cv-20516-AJ (S.D. Fla.)
JC-FL-0012-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/31/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint (Class Action)
JC-FL-0012-0014.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/05/2004
Second Amended Complaint (Class Action)
JC-FL-0012-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/04/2004
Order Denying Defendants' Motion to Dismiss [ECF# 37-2] (2004 WL 2203481 / 2004 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 19552) (S.D. Fla.)
JC-FL-0012-0011.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 08/24/2004
Agreed Motion to Modify Scheduling Order [ECF# 38-2]
JC-FL-0012-0009.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/21/2004
Mediation Report [ECF# 42-2]
JC-FL-0012-0010.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/11/2005
Miami-Dade County Frisk and Strip Search Procedures (D.S.O.P. No. 11-022) [ECF# 53-2]
JC-FL-0012-0012.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/16/2005
Proposed claim form and class notice (eventually modified) [ECF# 53-2]
JC-FL-0012-0013.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/11/2005
Stipulated Motion for Preliminary Approval of Provisional Settlement Class and Settlement of Class Action [ECF# 49-2]
JC-FL-0012-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/13/2005
Stipulation of Settlement [ECF# 53-2]
JC-FL-0012-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/13/2005
Order for Preliminary Approval of Settlement of Class Action (S.D. Fla.)
JC-FL-0012-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/18/2005
Statement of Judy Haney to the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons
JC-FL-0012-0007.pdf | External Link | Detail
Date: 04/19/2005
Notice of Class Action (final)
JC-FL-0012-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/01/2005
Notice of Proposed Settlement of Class Action Strip Search Case
JC-FL-0012-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/01/2005
Agreed Order and Judgment of Dismissal (S.D. Fla.)
JC-FL-0012-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/06/2005
[Order] (194 Fed.Appx. 715)
JC-FL-0012-0015.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 08/30/2006
Source: Westlaw
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Judges Anderson, Robert Lanier III (Fifth Circuit, Eleventh Circuit) show/hide docs
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Jordan, Adalberto Jose (S.D. Fla., Eleventh Circuit) show/hide docs
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Monitors/Masters Brown, Stephen Thomas (Florida) show/hide docs
Plaintiff's Lawyers Berg, Randall Challen Jr. (Florida) show/hide docs
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Koerner, Hugh L. (Florida) show/hide docs
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O'Brien, Cullin Avram (Florida) show/hide docs
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Schwarzschild, Jeffrey I. (California) show/hide docs
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Siegel, Peter Michael (Florida) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Ehrlich, Jeffrey Paul (Florida) show/hide docs
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