California parolees can be required to be searched by police as a condition of their release from prison, the Supreme Court ruled today, 6 to 3, the Associated Press reports. The court said a 1996 state law is a legitimate attempt to deal with a large population of repeat offenders who pose a danger to public safety.
Most California prisoners eventually receive parole. Before release, each parolee is required to consent to searches by police during the term of their supervision. If they refuse, they are not allowed out of prison.