Amanda Hess, On strip-searching prisoners and contraception for men: Your sex and gender morning roundup, TBD Blog, January 7, 2011

STRIP SEARCHES REGULATED: From Just Detention International: "In an en banc opinion released yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the search of a male jail inmate by a female cadet, who touched his thighs,buttocks, and genital areas while other officers watched, amounted to an unreasonable search in violation of the Fourth Amendment," the prisoner advocacy group reports. The case concerns a policy of opposite-sex strip searching adopted by Maricopa County, Ariz. sheriff Joe Arpaio. According to JDI, the practice is linked to the sexual abuse of inmates: "Recent studies by the Bureau of Justice Statistics have found that, in both adult and juvenile facilities, the majority of sexual abuse of male inmates is committed by female staff.

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