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Henry v. Hulett

Allegation: Illinois prison required female inmates to stand naked, remove sanitary products, and undergo body and cavity searches—all in groups and in full view of male officers not conducting the searches. Seventh Circuit (over a dissent): This is a visual inspection of a prisoner, not a physical intrusion, so the Fourth Amendment doesn’t apply. Dissent: Forcing a prisoner to manipulate her own body (as opposed to the guards doing it themselves) doesn’t make a search reasonable.


Tags: 2019, Fourth Amendment, Searches and Seizures, Seventh Circuit

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