Court Strikes Down Bathroom Cameras

Author: Carlton Purvis, Published on Jun 13, 2013

Sex offenders were being monitored inside bathrooms by surveillance cameras. The facility was concerned that patients had been attacking each other and wanted to stop this. However, some patients complained and took the facility to court. Now, an appeals court has affirmed a ruling (see full legal document) that ordered this facility to turn off those cameras and the facility has settled. In this note, we break down the legal and operational issues, concluding with an analysis of what this means.

The Facility

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The ****

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The ******

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IPVM ******** 

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Comments (2)

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* ***** *** **** ** ***** ** **** ** * lawsuit *** ***** **** ** *****, ** ***** ** * shootout...

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