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Sanford vetoes bill on warrantless searches

Apr 2, 2010 5:25:00 PM - thestate.com
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has vetoed a bill allowing officers to search ex-convicts on probation or parole without a warrant.

The Republican governor said he sees no evidence that giving law enforcement the additional authority would decrease crime or reduce repeat offenses.

The measure would allow officers to bypass going to a judge for a warrant before searching people on probation or parole. Ex-cons' vehicles as well as any possessions, such as a purse or book bag, could also be searched.

The bill would requires the inmates sign off on the searches before they're released. If they don't want to, they could stay in prison for their full term.

Supporters had called it a public safety measure that could clamp down on repeat offenders.

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