SCOTUS: Strip Searches Always Legal

By a 5-4 vote, today the Supreme Court ruled that it is constitutional for prisoners to be strip searched for any petty crime. And even when you haven’t committed a crime at all.

The court ruled against a New Jersey man who complained that strip searches in two county jails violated his civil rights. Albert Florence was forced to undress and submit to strip searches following his arrest on a warrant for an unpaid fine, though the fine actually had been paid. Even if the warrant had been valid, failure to pay a fine is not a crime in New Jersey.