Phila. inmate strip-search suit settled
Final settlement of a strip-search lawsuit brought against Philadelphia means 5,321 people will each get compensation of $100 or $1,400, and the attorneys representing them will share $1.7 million in fees.
Philadelphia agreed this year to settle for $5.9 million the challenge to its policy of strip-searching all new inmates. The suit covered the years between 2003 and 2007 and encompassed about 37,000 people.
The city, which admitted no wrongdoing, now typically makes use of metal detectors and noninvasive techniques to find contraband. Some strip searches are still performed. More....