HB No. 195--Rep. Mills
Abstract: Changes the number of votes required to grant parole to offenders convicted of certain offenses under specified conditions.
Present law provides for the Parole Board, the process for granting parole, and parole eligibility.
Present law provides that the board shall meet in a minimum of three-member panels at the adult correctional institutions on regular scheduled dates, not less than every three months.
Three votes of a three-member panel shall be required to grant parole, or, if the number exceeds a three-member panel, a unanimous vote of those present shall be required to grant parole.
Proposed law provides that the parole board may grant parole with two votes of a three member panel, or, if the number exceeds a three-member panel, a majority vote of those present if all of the following conditions are met:
- The offender has not been convicted of a crime of violence or a sex offense.
- The offender has not committed and disciplinary offense in the 12 consecutive months prior to the parole eligibility date.
- The offender has completed the mandatory minimum of 100 hours of pre-release programming.
- The offender has completed substance abuse treatment as applicable.
- The offender has obtained a GED, unless the offender has previously obtained a high school diploma or is deemed by a certified educator as being incapable of obtaining a GED due to a learning disability. If the offender is deemed capable pf obtaining a GED, the offender must complete at least one of the following: a literacy program, an adult basic education program, or a job skills training program.
- the offender has obtained a low-rosk level designation determined by a validated risk assessment instrument approved by the secretary of DPS&C.