Prison Corporation Demanded Women Show Vaginas to “Prove They Were Menstruating” – Lawsuit

Kevin Lessmiller | Courthouse News Service

Private prison company Corrections Corporation of America asked a judge to seal documents in a case brought by women claiming they had to prove they were on their period when they visited a Tennessee prison.

In January 2015, Jane Doe sued CCA and South Central Correctional Facility employees for unreasonable search and seizure, claiming jail guards made her pull down her pants to prove that she was on her period when she visited an inmate.

She was allegedly taken to a restroom, frisked for contraband, and was forced to pull down her pants for inspection.





“Defendants, through their acts and omissions and pursuant to a custom carrying the force of law, required plaintiff to expose her unclothed genitalia to corrections officers to ‘verify’ that she was menstruating,” the lawsuit states.

The complaint was later amended to add two more Jane Doe plaintiffs.

Attorneys for the women say CCA sealed documents in the case without legitimate security concerns to protect itself from embarrassment. The company, meanwhile, said the plaintiffs are trying to “inflame the public” and expose confidential information.

Last month, the three women filed a motion for partial summary judgment. Two supporting documents were also filed publicly but the exhibits were filed under seal, with plaintiffs asking the judge to let them file a redacted public copy in 10 days.


CCA objected and asked that all of the documents be placed under seal.

The women shot back, asking the judge to reject the company’s request and instead order it to publicly refile its motion for summary judgment and supporting documents, which it had previously filed under seal.

“Under defendants’ broad reading of the protective order, any filing even mentioning prison conditions at a CCA-run state prison would be locked away, effectively immunizing CCA prisons from public scrutiny on an issue of obvious public import,” the plaintiffs said.

The company counters that the plaintiffs “believe the procedures and practices of visitation staff of a prison should be open for the world to see, but fail to realize that such information can have devastating effects to a prison’s ability to keep its inmates, staff and visitors safe.”





CCA spokesman Steve Owen said in a statement that safety and security for jail staff and inmates “is our top priority.”

“To that end, we have a responsibility to ensure that any release of information does not undermine safety and security,” Owen said.

U.S. District Magistrate Judge E. Clifton Knowles has temporarily placed the plaintiff’s documents under seal but has not made a final ruling. He also has not yet ruled on whether the company must unseal its filings.





The U.S. Department of Justice announced last Thursday that it would begin phasing out private prison contracts, after an audit found they have more safety and security problems than government-run prisons.

CCA was quickly hit with a class-action lawsuit claiming its stock dropped 39 percent on the news, with shareholders alleging the company misled investors.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Published by Courthouse News Service.

tun

About author

Filming Cops
Filming Cops 1720 posts

Filming Cops was started in 2010 as a conglomerative blogging service documenting police abuse. The aim isn’t to demonize the natural concept of security provision as such, but to highlight specific cases of State-monopolized police brutality that are otherwise ignored by traditional media outlets.

You might also like

  • TroothFairy

    Pics, or it didn’t happen.

    • Joanapatchett1

      Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family! !iw1081t:
      On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
      !iw1081t:
      ➽➽
      ➽➽;➽➽ http://GoogleFinancialJobsCash801GroupOnDemandGetPay$97Hour ★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★::::::!iw1081t:….,….

  • Wmaster Brew

    Greetings & Blessings to my brothers, and sisters, my Kings, and my Queens. Blessings to the Mothers of Civilization, and Gods of the Universe!
    My name is TRu X, and I come to share information, as well as to extend a personal invitation to each and everyone of you. You’re invited, but even more so encouraged to register a account with a online community specifically created for you! Me, and a team of righteous, conscious, concerned black individuals have created a site compatible, and comparable to facebook. This site was created for you the black race. In a effort to get us all under one roof where resources and information is constantly readably available on the same site. The name of the site is Black Facebook, and it functions much like the facebook you’ve come accustom to. To reach Black Facebook, you can access our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/1175863082478453, then click on the Black Facebook link that will bring you there. You can also access Black Facebook by clicking any of the following links, or by typing any of the following web addresses into your browser.
    http://www.BlackFacebook.net – Home page
    http://www.BlackFacebook.xyz – Home page
    http://www.BlackFbook.com – Home page
    http://www.BlackFacebook.info – Games, Videos, Photo Albums
    As you know, there are many roads that can take you to the same destination, so does the above web addresses all lead to Black Facebook.
    Black Facebook welcomes all nationalities, because we know good people come in all flavors, nevertheless Black Facebook was created by black people for black people.
    With the help of our brothers, and sisters world wide we hope to maintain a robust platform where our agenda is the enlightenment, uplifting, and reunification of the black race!
    We would like to work with all groups, and organizations with black interest in mind! We will continue to grow, and develop Black Facebook to serve all black people around the globe.
    Our race is under attack from our government, and each other, and this must stop! It will stop with the re-education, and enlightenment of our race, which inturn will empower us. So while our people entertain themselves on Black Facebook, we hope to expose subtle information constantly, and covertly, that will begin to give birth to self awareness, and self pride.
    With the assistance of individuals, committees, and organizations that share our goals, we hope to raise the level of awareness of the black nation!
    Every black individual that has a facebook account, should now register a Black Facebook Account, and encourage everyone on your list to do the same.
    Every Facebook Group Administrator, that is black or have a black agenda, should recreate your group on Black Facebook and inform your members to follow.
    Every black individual who created a facebook page, should now recreate that page on Black Facebook!
    So the first step for everyone is to register a account on Black Facebook http://www.BlackFacebook.net.
    The second step is to have everyone who is on your facebook friend list, register as well, then they can connect to you on http://www.BlackFacebook.net
    We need to come together and help each other, uplift each other. Each one teach one!
    Black Facebook is here for you. We love being black because we know who we are, we know we as black people have a rich, deep, majestic heritage.
    Black Facebook has a couple of availabilities, for the right persons. No particular skills required at this time, but you should have your own computer.
    If you want to join our team, or maybe you have questions or concerns, please send us a email at wakeup@blackfacebook.info
    LET’S MAKE THE BLACK RACE GREAT AGAIN!