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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.

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