Individuals arrested and detained for misdemeanor offenses or crimes that do not involve domestic violence or drugs and do not suggest a motive or opportunity to smuggle contraband into a prison or other detention facility should not be strip searched, according to an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court of the United States by the American Bar Association. The brief
was in support of the petitioner in the case of Albert W. Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Burlington (New Jersey) et al
, who was arrested for a minor offense but strip searched upon arrival at a detention facility and then when moved to another facility, and was ultimately released with no charges filed.
---Julie Armstrong, IndyBar Executive Director