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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner - A Critical Look at Home Visits by Parole Officers

NCJ Number
Columbia Human Rights Law Review Volume: 14 Issue: 2 Dated: (Fall/Winter 1982-83) Pages: 355-381
J D Kleinman
Date Published
27 pages
Intrusions into the parolee's home by parole officers impede the parolee's own efforts at establishing himself as a worthwhile and productive member of society and jeopardize the development of a profitable supportive relationship between the parolee and his supervisor.
Most courts and commentators continue to distinguish between the privacy interests that are being violated by warrantless searches and those being invaded by unannounced home visits and describe the latter technique as a relatively acceptable supervisory method. Such a superficial examination fails to consider whether home visits in fact achieve correctional objectives or whether the inherent constitutional infringements outweigh any correctional justifications. Parole supervision programs that continue to invade privacy rights excessively can neither achieve State goals nor withstand various constitutional scrutiny. Alternative means by which legitimate correctional objectives can be achieved with greater effectiveness and less invasion of privacy are suggested. A total of 147 footnotes are given. (Author summary modified)


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