Sampson v. California

Drug Court

Sampson v. California

Case Year: 
2006
State of Origin: 
California

The US Supreme Court held that the Fourth Amendment does not prohibit a police officer from conducting a suspicionless search of a parolee.  Parolees, who are on the “continuum” of state-imposed punishments, have fewer expectations of privacy than probationers, because parole is more akin to imprisonment than probation is. “The essence of parole is release from prison, before the completion of sentence, on the condition that the prisoner abides by certain rules during the balance of the sentence.” (Citing: Morrissey v. Brewer, 408 U. S. 471, 477).