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High court weighs routine strip searches in jail


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed ready Wednesday to endorse a jail policy that forces even people arrested on minor charges to undress and shower while being watched by guards.

Less clear was whether justices would decide jailers need a reason to suspect someone may be hiding a weapon or drugs before undertaking a more invasive strip search. The court heard arguments in a case weighing the privacy rights of people in jail against authorities' need to maintain safety.

AP Photo/Mel Evans

Albert Florence sits at his home Bordentown, N.J., Tuesday, with his attorney Susa...

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