I was taken to jail for not paying a ticket. It was a small town and only one jailer was on duty. as part of "dressing out" I was allowed to keep my jeans on but had to remove my shirt and my bra because it had an underwire. The male officer ran the back of his hand under my breasts and between my cleavage. Then turned around while I took off my pants and put on the jump suit. I had asked for a female jailer but there wasn't one. Is this still legal?
Doesn't sound like they violated your rights. Below is some information I found on this subject.
Best of luck,
[U]se a flat hand and pushing motion across the [inmate’s] crotch area. . . . [P]ush inward and upward when searching the crotch area and upper thighs of the inmate.’ All seams in the leg and the crotch area are to be ‘squeezed and kneaded.’ Using the back of the hand, the guard also is to search the breast area in a sweeping motion, so that the breasts will be ‘flattened.’1
Caselaw on Cross-Gender Pat-frisks
Federal judges appear to be somewhat uncomfortable sanctioning searches conducted by guards of the opposite sex. This discomfort is heightened when the search is highly intrusive, involving physical contact with breasts, genitalia, and anal areas. Nevertheless, the federal courts that have considered the constitutionality of cross-gender pat-frisks have generally held that while prisoners have a limited right to privacy, their interest in protecting bodily privacy is not as strong as the state’s interest in internal security or equal opportunity employment for correctional officers.
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