Lifetime parole

The Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee heard Sen. Zakas’ SB 38 on lifetime parole. The bill requires a sexually violent predator released on lifetime parole to be placed on 24 hour GPS monitoring even if funds have not been specifically appropriated to the Department of Correction for this purpose and requires the parole board to inform the superintendent of the Department of Correction and the county prosecuting attorney: (1) that an offender has been placed on lifetime parole; and (2) whether the offender is required to wear a GPS monitoring device as a condition of parole. The bill also provides that a person placed on lifetime parole who violates a condition of parole involving a child or a victim commits criminal parole violation by a sexual predator. Under current law, a person commits the offense only if the person has two previous parole violations or if the person has completely served the person’s sentence.

The bill was amended by consent to remove the appropriation. The Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council testified in support of the amended bill and the Indiana Society for Reformation of Sex Offender Laws testified against.  The bill was held over for the next meeting.

Read the bill at: https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2017/bills/senate/38