Female inmates feel violated at a Chicopee jail


CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – 200 former and current inmates at a women’s jail in Chicopee say their constitutional rights are being violated.

Plaintiffs argued that allowing male guards to be present during strip searches at the Western Massachusetts Women’s Correctional Center is a violation of their protection against unreasonable searches under the Fourth Amendment.

A lawyer for the Hampden County sheriff says the male guards are trained to turn away while videotaping so they don’t see anything.

A federal judge has not ruled yet in a lawsuit.

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