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Legal concerns – NO QUOTES ALLOWED There are, of course, some legal concerns associated with correctional officers working in facilities of the opposite sex. One of these concerns is the inmates’ right to privacy. Regardless of where we are, what we look like, what we do, etc. we are all entitled to privacy. This applies to inmates as well. Just because someone is incarcerated does not mean their right to privacy goes away. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals stated that "prisoners' legitimate expectations of bodily privacy from persons of the opposite sex are extremely limited." The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals went on to say that, while inmates “may have protected privacy interests in freedom from cross-gender clothed body searches, such interests have not yet been judicially recognized.” Although inmates have limited privacy in jails, court rulings change all the time. While this may not be a current legal issue, this will definitely be an ongoing issue within the prison system. Another legal concern is the duty to keep inmates safe. If a fight were to happen between inmates and female correctional officers were the only ones working at the time, would the female officers be able to break up the fight? Correctional officers have a duty to protect the inmates and the prison. Can female officers do this in a male prison? This is something to take very seriously as fights occur often in jails. Research shows that males' upper bodies, on average, have 75% more muscle mass and 90% more strength than females'. This is important to consider as correctional officers to need keep inmates safe.

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