Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders: Police Power Takes a More Intrusive Turn
20 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2014
Date Written: March 7, 2014
This essay discusses the Supreme Court’s 2012 decision in Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders allowing strip searches of minor offense arrestees without any suspicion that they possess a weapon or contraband. After summarizing the Court’s holding, the essay explores how Florence builds upon prior caselaw affording police virtually unlimited discretionary authority to execute warrantless arrests, and the unlikelihood that institutional limits will be placed on the strip search authority of corrections officials.
Keywords: Fourth Amendment, Strip search, Florence, Atwater
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