Women Complain About Discriminatory Jail Screening Policy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri county legislator says a screening policy at the local jail requiring women to remove their underwire bras before entering the facility is sexist and she is demanding that it be changed.

The corrections department disputes Jackson County legislator Crystal Williams’ claims. Corrections director Diana Turner says the rules implemented May 16 aim to prevent weapons and contraband from being smuggled into the Jackson County jail.

Williams raised the issue on Twitter Monday after hearing complaints from female attorneys and others about the jail’s screening procedures. The checkpoint consists of an X-ray machine and metal detectors.

Jackson County Sheriff Darryl Forté says misinformation has been spread about the screening process and that no one has been asked to remove their underwire bras.