By Najah Farley
On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Florence v. Board of Freeholders that all individuals arrested and held in a correctional facility or jail could be subjected to a routine strip search as long as it only involves a visual inspection. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the controlling opinion, basing his reasoning largely on the balance between inmate privacy and the needs of institutions. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote a short concurrence, where he reiterated that there could possibly be exceptions drawn to the rule pronounced in this case. He then states that it is wise for the Court “to leave open the possibility of exceptions, to ensure that we ‘not embarrass the future.’”
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