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Strip-searches at Traffic Court

Orlando Sentinel, FL - Jun 8, 2005

SANFORD -- Seminole County corrections officials on Tuesday ordered a sweeping review of all jail policies and practices. The action came a day after an internal investigation showed hundreds of people had been illegally strip-searched.

A team will review everything from how inmates' belongings are handled to whether policies involving highly invasive body-cavity searches are being followed, according to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office, which operates the jail.

The practice came to light after Seminole County Judge John Sloop had 11 people arrested for being late to traffic court Dec. 3. The 11, who had been mistakenly directed to the wrong courtroom, were ordered to jail, where they were strip-searched.


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