Us and Them

After the Supreme Court ruled by a 5-to-4 vote that

officials may strip-search people arrested for any offense, however minor, before admitting them to jails even if the officials have no reason to suspect the presence of contraband (NYTimes),

Slate reported on How To Conduct a Strip-Search:

Federal corrections officers study and memorize the procedure at the Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Ga. After learning the basics as part of their three-week classroom training, they practice on mannequins or on other trainees (who remain fully clothed).

Thank goodness they can keep their clothes on; wouldn’t want to humiliate and embarrass them even though “with a normal, cooperative subject the procedure shouldn’t take more than about five minutes“, and definitely wouldn’t want to generate any sympathy for the people being required to “pull back their foreskins“.

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