AELE LAW LIBRARY OF CASE SUMMARIES:
Corrections Law for Jails, Prisons and Detention Facilities
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Strip Search: Employees
It was not clearly
established, in June of 1999, that a strip search of an officer at a correctional
facility violated the employee's due process rights unless certain conditions,
such as reasonable suspicion, were met. Prison officials sued by officer
subject to such a search, arguably without reasonable suspicion, were therefore
entitled to qualified immunity. Virgili v. Gilbert, No. 00-3371, 272 F.3d
391 (6th Cir. 2001). [N/R]
U.S. Supreme Court declines to review a prison employee strip search case. Leverette v. Bell, 247 F.3d 160 (4th Cir. 2001); cert. den., #01-277, 122 S. Ct. 260 (2001). [N/R]
295:110 Visual body cavity search of female officer for drugs, based on a tip from a previously reliable inmate informant, was based on reasonable suspicion; warden was entitled to qualified immunity from liability; alleged violations of prison's own rules during the search would not violate officer's Fourth Amendment rights. Leverette v. Bell, #00-1407, 247 F.3d 160 (4th Cir. 2001).
[N/R] Correctional employee was properly strip searched on entering prison based on suspicion that she might be bringing drugs into the facility. Boyd v. Civil Service Commission, 220 Mich. App. 226, 559 N.W.2d 342 (1996).
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