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Strip Search Class Action Settled for $3 Million

This is a settlement for the Civil / Human Rights lawsuit.

San Antonio, TX: A $3 million settlement of a class action lawsuit involving Bexar County Jail was approved this week by a federal judge. The suit alleged thousands of people were illegally strip searched in Bexar County Jail.

The suit, filed in 2007, alleged a blanket strip search policy violated inmates' constitutional rights. As a result of the case, the jail in April 2009 dropped its policy to do strip searches of every inmate. The procedure now is applied only to detainees charged with felonies or those suspected of having contraband.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs said 30,000 people qualify for the settlement. The deal applies to inmates booked on misdemeanor charges and searched between Nov. 15, 2005, and April 9, 2009.

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Published on Jan-13-11


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