Bill allows parolees searches without warrants

COLUMBIA, S.C. - A bill allowing searches without warrants for juveniles and adults on probation or parole has gained approval.

The Senate on Tuesday gave approval on second reading to searches that bypass going to a judge for a warrant. It needs a third Senate reading before heading to the House.

The bill was amended to make it clear that police need a reasonable suspicion that the person was involved in a crime before searching them or their property. Bill sponsor Sen. Glenn McConnell said they also have to own a car being searched.

Meanwhile, the Charleston Republican said that the juvenile or adult offender would have to tell anyone they're living with that their homes are subject to search without a warrant. Failing to do that would be a parole violation.

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