- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Two women and three children have joined a lawsuit that claims female visitors at a private Tennessee prison were forced to undergo strip searches because they were menstruating.

The lawsuit against Corrections Corporation of America was first filed two weeks ago in federal court in Nashville. The original plaintiff claims prison guards forced her to expose her genitals to prove she was menstruating when she tried to take a sanitary napkin into the facility.

Since then, two more women have come forward claiming similar treatment at the prison about 85 miles southwest of Nashville. One of them claims that she had her three children with her, and that they had to witness the procedure.

Corrections Corporation of America has said its facilities follow standardized policies to prevent the introduction of contraband.

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