Bexar County has already changed its strip-search policy.
Only detainees charged with felony crimes or those suspected of having contraband will continue to be searched.
To qualify for $100-$1,000 in settlement money, claimants had to have been incarcerated for misdemeanor crimes in the Bexar County jail between Nov 15, 2005 and April 9, 2009 and were strip searched.
You have until March 16, 2011 to submit a claim.
To qualify, claim forms are available at bexarcountystripsearch.com.
In an era when the TSA would subject average airline passengers to body scans and patdowns that reveal nearly as much as a strip search, this suit and its results seem almost quaint. OTOH, the court precedents are pretty clear and such suits have been succeeding not just in Texas or the 5th Circuit but in other parts of the country.If you are unsure, you can call toll free 1-888-448-2130.