Private prison operator Corrections Corporation of America has been wanting to seal from public view documents in a lawsuit that claimed female visitors to a Tennessee prison were forced to undergo strip searches to prove they were menstruating.
Three women have accused the company of violating their rights by forcing them to expose their genitals to guards. One of the women said her children witnessed the search.
Protective orders in the case allowed documents that could pose a security risk at the prison to be filed under seal. Each side has been accusing the other of violating those orders.
The company has been asking that more documents be sealed and accusing the plaintiffs of not taking prison security seriously.
The plaintiffs wanted documents unsealed, saying the company has just been trying to avoid embarrassment.