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Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011

Prison halts group strip searches


NAGOYA — Amnesty International Japan says Nagoya Prison has ended group strip searches of inmates and has been allowing them to wear shorts during body checks since October.

The group welcomed the policy shift, saying the move shows consideration for inmates' human rights, as requested by the group in May.

Amnesty Japan said guards were conducting strip searches when inmates entered and left factories within prison grounds.

The group said it was the only prison in the country to do so after regulations were revised in 2006 to improve conditions for inmates.

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