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UPDATE: Governor signs bill expanding strip searches

UPDATED Wednesday, April 16, 2014 --- 1:41 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- County jailors will have more power to conduct strip searchers under a bill Gov. Scott Walker has signed.

Current Wisconsin law allows jailors to conduct strip searches if an inmate has been arrested for a felony or a number of different misdemeanors. The Republican bill permits them to strip search anyone who will be locked up with other prisoners.

Supporters say the change would create safer jails. Opponents have complained the bill would allow children to be strip searched and open the door to abuses.

Walker signed the measure Wednesday.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, April 1, 2014 --- 7:36 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Senate has approved a bill that would expand jailhouse strip searches.

Current Wisconsin law allows jailors to conduct strip searches if an inmate has been arrested for a felony or a number of different misdemeanors. The Republican bill passed Tuesday would permit them to strip search anyone who will be locked up with other prisoners.

Supporters say the change would create safer jails. Opponents have complained the bill would allow children to be strip searched and open the door to abuses.

The Assembly amended the bill in February to exclude children and make the searches visual unless touching is necessary. The Senate passed it 18-14.

The measure now heads to Gov. Scott Walker.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, April 1, 2014 --- 10:52 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Senate is poised to vote on a bill that would expand jailhouse strip searches.

Current Wisconsin law allows jailors to conduct strip searches if an inmate has been arrested for a felony or a number of different misdemeanors. The Republican bill would permit them to strip search anyone who will be locked up with other prisoners.

Supporters say the change would create safer jails. Opponents have complained the bill would allow children to be strip searched and open the door to abuses.

The Assembly amended the bill in February to exclude children and make the searches visual unless touching is necessary and passed it on a voice vote. The Senate is set to take it up Tuesday.

Approval would send the bill on to Gov. Scott Walker.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, February 18, 2014 --- 9:41 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly has approved a bill that would allow jail guards to strip search inmates.

Current state law permits county jailors to conduct strip searches if an inmate has been arrested for a felony or a number of different misdemeanors, including battery and weapons violations.

Republican Rep. Duey Stroebel's bill would permit jail guards to strip search anyone who will be incarcerated with other prisoners. He says the change would clarify policy and create safer jails.

Opponents argue the bill would allow juveniles to be searched and open the door to abuses. Assembly Republicans and Democrats jointly amended the bill Tuesday to exclude juveniles and make the searches visual unless touching is necessary.

The Assembly passed the measure on a voice vote. The bill now goes to the state Senate.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Tuesday, February 18, 2014 --- 7:50 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly is set to take up a bill that would allow jail guards to strip search inmates.

Current state law permits county jailors to conduct strip searches if an inmate has been arrested for a felony or a number of different misdemeanors, including battery and weapons violations.

Republican Rep. Duey Stroebel's bill would permit jail guards to strip search anyone who will be incarcerated with other prisoners. He says the change would clarify policy and create safer jails.

Opponents point out the bill would allow juveniles to be searched and open the door to abuses.

The Assembly is set to vote on the measure Tuesday.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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