Sheriff: Lawyers can keep bras on while entering Maine jail


PORTLAND, Maine — A sheriff in Maine says female lawyers will no longer be required to remove their underwire bras to enter jail to meet with their clients.

At least two attorneys were told they'd have to remove their bras after setting off the metal detector at the Cumberland County Jail. They refused to comply and left.

Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce says it's important to make sure the jail is secure, but staff went too far in enforcing a rule that says no one can enter if they set off the metal detector.

The Portland Press Herald first reported the flap.

It says security was tightened at the jail after several breaches that included inmates escaping from maximum-security cells for sexual trysts and others smuggling drugs into the facility.