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SB19-143:Parole Changes

Criminal Legal Reform
Bill Number: SB19-143
Year: 2019
ACLU Position: Support
Sponsors: L. Herod /J. Gonzales / P. Lee


The bill creates a new correctional facility level designation for
transition centers that are used to enhance successful reintegration into
the community.
Under current law, there are prison population measures that can
be used when the vacancy rate drops below 2 percent. The bill changes
the rate to 3 percent and adds a new measure. The new measure allows
the department to submit a list of inmates who meet a specified eligibility
criteria, have an approved parole plan, and have been assessed to be less
than high risk to the parole board for a file review.
For technical parole violations related to possession of a deadly
weapon, refusing or failing to comply with the requirements of sex
offender treatment, absconding or willful failure to appear, unlawful
contact with a victim, or willful tampering or removal of an electronic
monitoring device, the bill allows the parole board to revoke parole and
place the inmate back in prison for up to the remainder of the inmate’s
parole. For technical violations that do not involve the above conduct, the
bill does not allow the parole board to revoke the inmate back to prison
but can require programming at a transition center.
If an inmate meets criteria and has an approved parole plan, has
been assessed low or very low risk, and parole guidelines recommend
release, the parole board may deny parole only by a majority vote of the
full board.
The bill provides an inmate released from prison without
supervision the right to access reentry services for up to one year from the
date of discharge.
The bill requires the parole board to table a parole release decision
if it finds the inmate’s parole plan is inadequate and to require a new
parole plan within 30 days.

Current Status:

Governor Signed (05/28/2019)
Sent to the Governor (05/10/2019)
Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (04/30/2019)
House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (04/29/19)
House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee (04/27/19)
Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary (04/15/19)
Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (04/15/19)
Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee (04/12/2019)
Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations (03/20/2019)

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