More attorneys join revolt against bra rules at the Jackson County jail

June 11, 2019 - 7:29 am

Kansas City, MO - Nearly 100 metro attorneys have joined the protest of a security policy at the Jackson County Jail. 

The lawyers have signed a letter that condemns the policy that requires women to remove bras that sometimes set off metal detectors. Many styles of bras have underwires and metal clasps. 

"I should have to just take off my shoes and my jewelry, and I should be able to get through," said Laurie Snell, defense attorney. "Frankly, that's what our clients are entitled to."

The attorneys say Sheriff Daryl Forte refuses to work towards a solution that is fair to females who need to enter the detention center.

County officials say there have been a lot of misunderstandings, and that the new screening procedures improve safety.

"We had 15 professional visits on Friday," said Diana Turner, Jackson County Corrections Director. "Of those 15, eight were women. Not one person had trouble clearing our screening point."

The Jackson County Legislature will talk about the issue Monday. Attorneys say they will gather for a protest Wednesday at noon. 

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