People in prison in Western Australia were subjected to close to 1 million strip searches over the past 5 years, a shocking report by the Independent Inspector of Custodial Services has found. Routine strip searches are invasive, traumatic and entirely unnecessary. Being forced to remove every last item of clothing, again and again, strips people of dignity. Premier McGowan should today commit to changing the law to put an end to routine strip searches.
There are strict rules surrounding strip searches of female prisoners. These rules regulate the circumstances under which female prisoners can be strip searched and how they may be searched. If officers do not follow standard procedure, the strip search will be considered unlawful. More restrictions apply to searching female prisoners. It was just one of the recommendations of the Corston Report, which was commissioned after six women took their own lives at HMP Styal over a 13 month period.
Photograph: Karin Mueller Wieland. She was detained by Garda immigration officers on Tuesday evening. It is understood the officers did not believe she was coming for a holiday and thought she intended to work while in the country. A habeas corpus application which challenges the detention of a person at the High Court was refused and she was due to be deported to Basle on Thursday morning. However, she was later given leave to remain in the State for 10 days and she was released shortly before 10pm on Wednesday night.
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