Arkansas Bill Examines Police Conducting Warrant-less Searches

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Arkansas lawmakers are working to pin down what police in the state can search without a warrant. 

A bill that makes it more clear is now on its way to the governor’s desk. 

Law enforcement officers are currently allowed to search areas where offenders on parole or probation live, even if the house isn’t theirs.

Some people say the law left room for interpretation when it came to what else could be included in that search.

“A lot of times those under supervision who don’t want to follow the rules and want to continue to break the law won’t hide their bad things inside the house,” Dina Tyler, Deputy Director of Arkansas Community Corrections says.

House Bill 1239 clarifies that law enforcement officers are also allowed to search detached buildings such as garages, sheds and old vehicles on the property.
 

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