Naked Shame

Years ago, courts ruled that routine strip searches in jails were unconstitutional. But for Fort Bend County women, if you got booked, they took a look.

Fulwiler still has nightmares that she's going to jail, or she wakes up in the night filled with fear. Every time she gets into her car she wonders if she's going to be arrested and strip-searched before she comes home. She says she avoids the road that it happened on and she tries to avoid at all costs places where "bad cops" are.

She used to hang out at friends' houses, but now she spends more time at home. Her garden has flourished, she's planted a lot of rosebushes, flowering hanging baskets and a bleeding heart.

A photographer and model illustrate the humiliation the jail detainees say they felt.
A photographer and model illustrate the humiliation the jail detainees say they felt.
A photographer and model illustrate the humiliation the jail detainees say they felt.
Deron Neblett
A photographer and model illustrate the humiliation the jail detainees say they felt.

She labeled her personal information file "The Night from Hell" and her son, a graduate of Columbia University Law School, helped her put together a binder about what happened to her that she sent out to about 60 people: senators, commissioners, mayors, judges, attorneys and reporters. "I want everybody in the world to know what happened," she says.

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