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Bill Introduced Allowing Strip Searching in BC Jails

Stark Raven News
May 17, 2004

New legislation has been introduced in BC that would allow guards to strip search prisoners in BC jails without consent.

Bill 44, the Corrections Act, says the searchs can only occur when guards have "probable cause". Guards could also strip search visitors, but only with their consent.

The legislation was partly a response to a court rulings, including one that said routine strip searches of prisoners at a Vancouver pre-trial centre are illegal.

Civil Liberties groups are saying that the proposed law wlll face a charter challenge.