Category Archives: Prison and jail searches

E.D.Cal.: A civil detainee has no REP in his cell, despite not being a convict

A civil commitment detainee has more rights than a convict in a jail, but still practically none in his living area from a search for alleged contraband. Warrior v. Santiago, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22742 (E.D. Cal. Feb. 12, 2018). … Continue reading

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Cal.5th: SVP’s dorm is virtually like a prison cell subject to random warrantless searches

Defendant is a sexually violent predator (SVP), and he’s institutionalized. His custodial status shares all the attributes of being in prison, including institutional security. The only place an SVP could hide child pornography is in his dormitory room. His room … Continue reading

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