Psychiatric Inmates Protected from Warrantless Searches

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Psychiatric Inmates Protected From Warrantless Searches
New Jersey Law Journal

People involuntarily committed to psychiatric hospitals for extended
stays have privacy rights and police generally must obtain a warrant
before searching their rooms, a split New Jersey Supreme Court has
ruled. The decision, voiding the arrest of a patient charged with
drug offenses, doesn't mean hospital personnel can't perform
warrantless searches of patients' rooms to ensure they don't hurt
themselves or others.
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