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Sat Dec 7, 2019, 01:55 AM

Strip-search policy halted after 8-year-old reportedly told to get naked at Virginia prison [View all]

Source: NBC News

The girl was visiting her father when she was led to believe that if she didn't remove her clothes she wouldn't be able to see him, according to reports.

Dec. 6, 2019, 10:15 PM CST
By Phil Helsel
Virginia's governor on Friday ordered the suspension of a Department of Corrections policy after an 8-year-old was reportedly strip-searched when attempting to visit her father in prison last month.

"I am deeply disturbed by these reports not just as Governor, but as a pediatrician and a dad, Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, tweeted Friday.

He said that he had directed the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security "to suspend this policy while the Department conducts an immediate investigation and review of their procedures."

On Thursday, The Virginian-Pilot newspaper reported that an 8-year-old girl was stripped and searched by a Virginia Department of Corrections staff while visiting her father at Buckingham Correctional Center in Dillwyn.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/strip-search-policy-halted-after-8-year-old-reportedly-told-n1097551

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