​Woman Visiting Prison Gets Humiliating Strip Search to Prove She's Menstruating

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We're all familiar with those jokes about bringing a prisoner a cake with a file in it, but have you ever heard of anyone smuggling contraband inside a maxi-pad

We haven't either, which is why we're shocked to read that a female visitor, who was packing a pad, for the obvious reason, was forced to submit to a full strip search by guards in a privately run prison in Tennessee. 

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Can you imagine? It must be difficult enough to prepare to visit a friend or loved one who's behind bars, let alone be subjected to such a violation.

The woman, identified as Jane Doe, has filed a lawsuit after she says she was forced to allow a female guard to inspect her genitals. In today's world of complex gadgetry that can perform incredibly complicated actions at the touch of a button, how is it possible that there were no other ways to prove a visitor and her sanitary napkin presented no danger? Why not put both through an x-ray machine or a metal detector? Hardly a novel idea, right?

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Even after offering to prove she was menstruating by showing her used pad or urinating in a toilet, guards insisted she be "inspected" by a female officer. It's no wonder Doe is suing Corrections Corporation of America, the largest private prison management company in the US, for assault, false imprisonment, invasion of privacy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Why didn't she just refuse the search, you ask? Because according to the prison's policy: "Any visitor refusing a search of any type may be permanently restricted from visiting." Clearly, Doe was in a no-win situation. 

We feel for this woman, as it must be emotionally draining paying anyone a prison visit, but to be subjected to this humiliation is completely unacceptable.

Have you ever been forced to submit to a search against your will?

 

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