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Strip Search Cases

Strip search litigation--involving police on the streets, lock-ups, jails, prisons, and juvenile institutions--crosses the Clearinghouse's usual case categories. This special collection pulls these cases out for ease of use and search. For more information, see Schlanger, Jail Strip-Search Cases: Patterns and Participants, 71 Law & Contemp. Problems 65 (2008), and the appendix linked below.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 Pitney v. City of Chester
2:19-cv-00799-PD (E.D. Pa.)
Filed 02/25/2019 - Case Ongoing
City of Chester
Policing
PN-PA-0019
Delaware County
Coding Complete
The plaintiff in this case was strip-searched after being arrested for a minor offense. He was not suspected of possessing drugs or weapons, and he was ultimately not charged with any crime, but the City of Chester's policy allowed police to conduct strip searches on anyone they arrested. In this lawsuit, filed by private counsel on February 25, ... [view]
2 Horse v. District of Columbia
1:17-cv-01216 (D.D.C.)
Filed 06/21/2017 - Case Ongoing
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department
Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
PN-DC-0013
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On June 21, 2017, a photojournalist, a practicing attorney, and two demonstrators filed this lawsuit against the District of Columbia, the individual police officers who committed the alleged acts, the police officers’ supervisors, and the chief of D.C. police in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia. Another female demonstrator ... [view]
3 J.J. v. Litscher
3:17-cv-00047 (W.D. Wis.)
Filed 01/23/2017 - Case Ongoing
Wisconsin Department of Correction
Lincoln Hills School for Boys & Copper Lake School for Girls
Juvenile Institution
JI-WI-0004
Coding Complete
On January 23, 2017, four minor children confined to the state juvenile facilities Copper Lake School for Girls and the Lincoln Hills School for Boys filed this class action in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. The plaintiffs sued various state officials responsible for the facility under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The ... [view]
4 Jones v. Gov't of D.C.
1:16-cv-02405-CKK (D.D.C.)
Filed 12/07/2016 - Closed 2019
Government of the District of Columbia
Criminal Justice (Other)
Indigent Defense
CJ-DC-0004
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On December 7, 2016, an individual formerly detained in a D.C. jail filed this putative class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiff sued the District of Columbia under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Represented by private counsel, the plaintiff sought injunctive relief, damages, and attorneys’ fees. The ... [view]
5 Ross v. Gossett
3:15-cv-00309 (S.D. Ill.)
Filed 03/19/2015 - Case Ongoing
Illinois Department of Corrections
Illinois River Correctional Center
Prison Conditions
PC-IL-0033
Coding Complete
On March 19, 2015, an Illinois prisoner filed this class-action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and state law against numerous members of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) tactical team “Orange Crush,” the wardens at Illinois River, Menard, Big Muddy River, ... [view]
6 Gentry v. Floyd County
4:14-cv-00054-TAB-RLY (S.D. Ind.)
Filed 06/12/2014 - Closed 2017
Floyd County
Jail Conditions
JC-IN-0026
Floyd County
Coding Complete
On June 12, 2014, six individuals formerly held in the Floyd County Jail filed a class-action complaint in the Southern District of Indiana, against Floyd County, Indiana, the Sheriff in his official and unofficial capacities, corrections officers of Floyd County Jail, and other sheriff department workers under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs, ... [view]
7 Dillon v. Clackamas County
3:14-cv-00820 (D. Or.)
Filed 05/18/2014 - Case Ongoing
Clackamas County
Jail Conditions
JC-OR-0011
Clackamas County
Coding Complete
On May 18, 2014, inmates at the Clackamas County Jail (CCJ) filed this class action lawsuit against Clackamas County and one of its senior Department officials. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, brought this claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging violations of the Fourth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments for strip and visual cavity ... [view]
8 Salem v. Michigan Department of Corrections
2:13-cv-14567 (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 11/01/2013 - Closed 2019
Michigan Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-MI-0040
Coding Complete
On November 1, 2013, female inmates housed at the all-women Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Pittsfield Township, Michigan, sued the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) over its strip-search policies. Beginning in 2009, MDOC required each prisoner at Huron Valley to sit on a chair and spread her labia to allow female corrections ... [view]
9 Henry v. Hulett
3:12-cv-03087 (C.D. Ill.)
Filed 03/20/2012 - Case Ongoing
Illinois Department of Corrections
Jail Conditions
JC-IL-0055
Coding Complete
On March 31, 2011, female inmates at an Illinois women’s prison were strip searched as part of a training exercise for new guards. Several of the inmates filed this putative class action in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. The plaintiffs sued the Illinois Department of Corrections, Lincoln Correctional Center, and ... [view]
10 Baggett v. Ashe
3:11-cv-30223-MAP (D. Mass.)
Filed 09/15/2011 - Closed 2015
Hampden County
Sheriff's Office
Prison Conditions
Jail Conditions
PC-MA-0040
Hampden County
Coding Complete
On September 15, 2011, former prisoners at the Western Massachusetts Regional Women's Correctional Center ("WCC") filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Hampden County Sheriff's Department. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, sought money damages, ... [view]
11 Amador v. Baca
2:10-cv-1649 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 03/05/2010 - Case Ongoing
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0110
Los Angeles County
Coding Complete
On March 5, 2010, two female former inmates who were imprisoned in the Century Regional Detention Facility ("CRDF"), a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department ("LASD") facility, filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Represented by a civil rights law firm, the plaintiffs sued the LASD ... [view]
12 Cantley v. The West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority
3:09-cv-00758 (S.D. W. Va.)
Filed 10/09/2009 - Closed 2013
West Virginia Regional Jail System
West virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority
Jail Conditions
JC-WV-0008
Cabell County
Coding Complete
On October 9, 2009, an inmate of the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority (WVRJA) filed a class-action lawsuit against the WVRJA and the executive director of the facility under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, Huntington Division. The plaintiff claimed that after ... [view]
13 Logory v. County of Susquehanna
3:09-cv-01448 (M.D. Pa.)
Filed 07/24/2009 - Closed 2013
the Country of Susquehanna
Jail Conditions
JC-PA-0036
Coding Complete
On July 24, 2009, an inmate at the Susquehanna County Jail filed a putative class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiff sued the County of Susquehanna under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for alleged violations of the Fourth Amendment. Specifically, the plaintiff challenged the Susquehanna Prison ... [view]
14 Bradshaw v. McLennan County
08-0246 (W.D. Tex.)
Filed 09/08/2008 - Closed 2010
McLennan County, Texas
McLennan County Sheriff
Jail Conditions
JC-TX-0021
McLennan County
Coding Complete
On September 8, 2008, Plaintiffs filed a federal class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against McLennan County, McLennan County Sheriff's Office, and others in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Waco Division. The named plaintiffs were each arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. In each case, the ... [view]
15 Garcia v. Santa Cruz County
4:08-cv-00139-RCC (D. Ariz.)
Filed 02/25/2008 - Closed 2009
Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz County Jail
Jail Conditions
JC-AZ-0010
Santa Cruz County
Coding Complete
On February 25, 2008, the plaintiff, a pre-arraignment detainee in the Santa Cruz County Jail, filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the United States Court for the District of Arizona, Tucson Division against Santa Cruz County. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, asked the court for injunctive and compensatory relief, ... [view]
16 Allison v. the Geo Group, Inc.
2:08-cv-00467-JD (E.D. Pa.)
Filed 01/30/2008 - Closed 2010
Geo Group, Inc.
George W. Hill Correctional Facility
Jail Conditions
JC-PA-0027
Coding Complete
On January 30, 2008, two arrestees detained at jails operated by the Geo Group Inc., a private corrections management company, filed a nationwide 42 U.S.C. § 1983 class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, alleging that the Geo Group, Inc. engaged in improper strip-search practices at its facilities ... [view]
17 Mann v. Donald
7:08-cv-00005-HL-RLH (M.D. Ga.)
Filed 01/08/2008 - Closed 2013
Georgia Department of Corrections
Valdosta State Prison
Prison Conditions
PC-GA-0014
Coding Complete
On January 8, 2008, a group of inmates filed a class action civil rights lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging that officers with the Georgia Department of Corrections had engaged in a pattern and practice of systematically beating restrained inmates in violation of the Eighth ... [view]
18 Munyiri v. Haduch
08-1953 (D. Md.)
Filed 2008 - Closed
City of Baltimore
Jail Conditions
JC-MD-0016
Baltimore City
Coding Complete
Plaintiff, represented by private counsel, filed a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action in the District of Maryland against officers, the Baltimore Police Department, and police and city officials in their individual and official capacities. Plaintiff sued for damages. The plaintiff was a Registered Nurse who worked at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. On April 12 ... [view]
19 Garcia v. Ocean County
3:04-cv-03708-GEB-JJH (D.N.J.)
Filed 11/28/2007 - Closed
Ocean County
Ocean County Correctional Facility
Jail Conditions
JC-NJ-0021
Ocean County
Coding Complete
On November 28, 2007, five arrestees, proceeding through private counsel, filed a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey in order to challenge the blanket strip search policy of the Ocean County Correctional Facility. The named plaintiffs alleged that they were all arrested for misdemeanor ... [view]
20 Jackson v. County of Bexar
5:07-cv-00928-FB (W.D. Tex.)
Filed 11/15/2007 - Closed 2013
County of Bexar
Bexar County Detention Center
Jail Conditions
JC-TX-0020
Bexar County
Coding Complete
On November 15, 2007, an individual who was strip searched after being charged with a petty crime filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. Represented by the Texas Civil Rights Project and private counsel, the plaintiff sued under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, challenging as unconstitutional Bexar County ... [view]
21 Hinds v. Multnomah County
Civil Case No: CV 07-1677 (D. Or.)
Filed 11/08/2007 - Closed
Multnomah County Sheriff's Department
Multnomah County Jail
Jail Conditions
JC-OR-0008
Multnomah County
Coding Complete
On November 8, 2007, the plaintiffs filed a class action complaint against the Multnomah County Sheriff's department and the Multnomah County jail, with the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, pursuant to 42 U.S.C §1983. The complaint challenged the Sheriff's department policy of strip-searching, and placing in jail clothing, all ... [view]
22 Rollins v. Clatsop County
3:07-cv-01678-KI (D. Or.)
Filed 11/08/2007 - Closed
Clatsop County Sheriff's Department
Clatsop County Jail
Jail Conditions
JC-OR-0009
Clatsop County
Coding Complete
On November 8, 2007, the plaintiff brought a complaint against the Clatsop County Jail and Clatsop County, on behalf of himself and thousands of others pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. The complaint challenged the jail's policy of strip-searching all individuals entering the county jail and then ... [view]
23 Reynolds v. County of Dauphin, PA
1 :07-CV-01688 (M.D. Pa.)
Filed 09/16/2007 - Closed 2009
County of Dauphin
Jail Conditions
JC-PA-0033
Dauphin County
Coding Complete
On September 16, 2007, prisoners of the Dauphin County Prison ("Prison") filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the County of Dauphin, PA, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg Division. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, sought monetary, declaratory, and injunctive ... [view]
24 Kurian v. County of Lancaster
2:07-cv-03482-PD (E.D. Pa.)
Filed 08/22/2007 - Closed 2010
Lancaster County
Lancaster County Prison
Jail Conditions
JC-PA-0028
Lancaster County
Coding Complete
On August 22, 2007, a prisoner filed suit against the County of Lancaster and the Lancaster County Prison Board in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He alleged that his constitutional rights were violated when he was strip searched in front of other inmates upon arrival at the Lancaster County Prison after ... [view]
25 Raymundo v. Winnebago County
3:07-CV-50087 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 05/14/2007 - Closed
Winnebago County
Winnebago County Jail
Jail Conditions
JC-IL-0028
Winnebago County
Coding Complete
On May 14, 2007, a female plaintiff filed a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, challenging the strip search policy of the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department. Plaintiff alleged that she was arrested on an outstanding warrant for a minor traffic violation (failure to have a ... [view]
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