The Fourth Amendment typically prevents police from searching someone’s body, belongings, or home without a warrant or probable cause. But it’s common for judges, as a condition of sentencing someone to probation, to require that the probationer agree to warrantless searches. Because this condition
I live in a housing project with a lot of gangs and crime. Some of my friends say they have to be really careful -- or they have to go to drug treatment or do community service -- because they're on "probation" or "parole." Can you tell me what these words mean, and whether there's a difference between probation and parole?