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Savard v. Rhode Island.

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Savard v. Rhode Island, 320 F.3d 34 (1st Cir. 2003). Arrestees brought a [section] 1983 action against a state, alleging they had been subjected to illegal strip and visual body cavity searches. The district court granted summary judgment in favor of the defendants and the arrestees appealed. The appeals court reversed and remanded. The appeals court held that the officials were not entitled to qualified immunity absent a determination that they were objectively reasonable in believing that their conduct in imposing the searches was lawful. The plaintiffs had been arrested in Rhode Island for non-violent, non-drug related minor offenses. After their arrest they were taken to a state prison and subjected to strip and body cavity searches. The appeals court held that the searches violated the arrestee's constitutional rights, and that the defendant officials had fair warning that reasonable suspicion was needed in order to subject persons arrested for minor offenses to such searches. (Rhode Island Adult Correctional Institution)
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Title Annotation:illegal strip and visual body cavity searches
Publication:Corrections Caselaw Quarterly
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U1RI
Date:May 1, 2003
Words:165
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