Don’t Allow Strip Searches by Police for Minor Offenses

Target: United States Congress

Goal: Pass a law to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision to permit strip searches for all arrests, even minor offenses.

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that officials can strip search anyone who is arrested, even for minor offenses, without probable cause. This ruling goes against the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, the right to privacy. Tell Congress that we do not support this ruling and ask them to pass legislation to overturn the decision.

Currently, 10 states do not allow strip searches for minor offenses and this ruling will not affect those laws. However, every state should not allow strip searches for minor offenses and this ruling can drastically affect the way police officers and officials process people who are arrested.

“Today’s decision jeopardizes the privacy rights of millions of people who are arrested each year and brought to jail, often for minor offenses,” says Steven R. Shapiro, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union. “Jail security is important, but it does not require routinely strip searching everyone who is arrested for any reason, including traffic violations, and who may be in jail for only a few hours. ”

A strip search is an invasive, demeaning procedure that should only be done when necessary and with probable cause. The court’s ruling defies policies of federal authorities and international human rights treaties ban the procedure, according to the American Bar Association. Sign this petition to tell Congress to pass a law overturning the Supreme Court’s decision.


Dear U.S. Congress,

A recent ruling by the Supreme Court, allowing strip searches in any arrest, goes against the Constitution and takes away a person’s basic rights. Allowing a strip search in any arrest, even minor offenses, takes away a person’s right to privacy and can humiliate him/her. I am asking you to pass legislation to not allow strip searches without suspicion of contraband.

Ten states do not allow strip searches for minor offenses and international human rights treaties ban the procedure. This ruling allows for people arrested for traffic violations or only in jail a couple hours to be stripped search. The procedure is invasive, unnecessary most of the time and must be opposed.


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