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Bathroom cameras cross the line of human dignity

For the record, jails aren’t fun places.

Entering at the sally port, an arrestee passes through several layers of challenges and security doors, his progress monitored remotely, until he arrives at the booking area where a thorough – some might say intimate – pat down search awaits.

From that point on, the level of intrusion may vary depending on the specific charges and court mandate. Strip searches are conducted on a case-by-case basis, and always supervised by same-sex staff members. In my experience, that level of dehumanization represented the limits of an incarceration facility’s authority.

A recent

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DNA: confusing identification with punishment

This is the second in a three part series on balancing civil liberties and public safety.

Deoxyribonucleic acid, aka DNA, contains the genetic instructions used in the development and function of all living organisms (at least according to Wikipedia). The unique strands that make up each one of us as individuals is a dramatic peek into the fabric of our individual selves. For all intents and purposes, we are defined by our DNA.

The realm of law enforcement has been capitalizing on this discovery for several years, making DNA identification the cutting edge of police forensic science. DNA is now routinely

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