MA: Men taping female strip-searches spurs lawsuit

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September 18, 2011
Boston Globe    
Posted in LAND News, News, PND News

"Two women are filing a federal class-action lawsuit against the managers of a county jail near Springfield today, charging they are among hundreds of prisoners who were videotaped naked by male guards over the past four years. The former prisoners of the Western Massachusetts Regional Women’s Correctional Center in Chicopee say that the videotaping by men violated their civil rights and humiliated them. ... The lawyer for Hampden Sheriff Michael Ashe said he had not seen the lawsuit and could not comment on the specifics, but he defended the policy of videotaping strip-searches, saying it protects both the inmate and the guard from later claims of abuse." (09/15/11)  

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