You Can Get Strip Searched for an Unpaid Parking Ticket: Thanks, U.S. Supreme Court

Bad news if you don’t like getting dehumanized: The U.S. Supreme Court just ruled 5-4 to OK strip searches for any offense.

What this means: if you get booked for an offense as minor as an unpaid parking ticket, you might have to bare all for corrections officers before being admitted to jail.

Yep, you read that right. Something as minor as an unpaid parking ticket can require that you suffer an immense indignity — including cavity searches — without having been convicted of any crime.

And jail officials don’t even have to suspect that you’re carrying contraband.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinion, said that “every detainee who will be admitted to the general population may be required to undergo a close visual inspection while undressed” and that this does not violate Fourth Amendment prohibitions against illegal searches and seizure.

But the dissenting opinion decried the decision as disproportionately invasive.



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