Michigan Republican Wants Misdemeanor Suspects Strip Searched


“Lives will be lost” if a bill allowing strip searches of misdemeanor suspects isn’t passed.

Michigan Capitol Confidential reports:

Citing safer jails and a reduction in unnecessary lawsuits, State Sen. Rick Jones introduced legislation that would allow anyone put in jail for a misdemeanor to be strip searched without probable cause.

Sen. Jones, R-Grand Ledge, introduced Senate Bill 958 last week. It was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Sen. Jones said the law would bring Michigan’s jails in line with the federal prisons, where he said strip searches are allowed without cause. There have been people with weapons hidden on or inside their bodies, he said. Sen. Jones has a background in public safety and served as a jail administrator for four years.

“It is just simply not safe to not check people before you put them in the jail population,” he said.

The ACLU told CapCon, “Forcibly strip searching a person without suspicion who is being held for a minor infraction is a heavy-handed solution in search of a nonexistent problem.”

Seattle’s Decision to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour the Latest Example of the Democrats’ ‘War on the Young’

we need jobs too

The progressives who populate the Seattle City Council made dubious economic history on Monday by voting to increase the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The pay hike – which will be phased in over the next several years – is meant “to address the national trend of rising income inequality and a city that has become increasingly unaffordable for many of its residents,” the Seattle Times reports.

Good luck with that.

The $15-an-hour minimum wage law may feel good, but it’s actually going to cause economic hardship for a large segment of the population: teenagers and twenty-somethings who are trying to gain an economic foothold in the world.

While the new law allows employers to pay a lower “training wage” to teens and disabled workers – paging the ACLU – it will undoubtedly lead to an overall decrease in hiring of teenagers and other beginning workers.
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