(1) No person to whom this section is made applicable by RCW 10.79.120 may be strip searched without a warrant unless:
(a) There is a reasonable suspicion to believe that a strip search is necessary to
discover weapons, criminal evidence, contraband, or other thing concealed on the body
of the person to be searched, that constitutes a threat to the security of a holding,
detention, or local correctional facility;
(b) There is probable cause to believe that a strip search is necessary to discover
other criminal evidence concealed on the body of the person to be searched, but not
constituting a threat to facility security; or
(c) There is a reasonable suspicion to believe that a strip search is necessary to
discover a health condition requiring immediate medical attention.
(2) For the purposes of subsection (1) of this section, a reasonable suspicion is
deemed to be present when the person to be searched has been arrested for:
(a) A violent offense as defined in RCW 9.94A.030 or any successor statute;
(b) An offense involving escape, burglary, or the use of a deadly weapon; or
(c) An offense involving possession of a drug or controlled substance under chapter
69.41, 69.50, or 69.52 RCW or any successor statute.
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