UC Law Constitutional Quarterly


Lidia Stiglich


The Supreme Court of California recently held in In re Tyrell J. that juvenile probationers are subject to random, suspicionless searches. This Comment analyses in detail the reasoning the court used to distinguish the level of suspicion required for juvenile probationers from that used for the population at large and offers some criticism of that logic. Moreover, Ms. Stiglich explores the rationales for probation and parole in general, and examines legal precedent for searches without probable cause of adult probationers and parolees and the relevance of consent to this analysis. To this end, the author discusses the Bravo, Martinez, and Gallegos cases as background for understanding the court's reasoning in, and the author's criticism of Tyrell.