SB 529 Allows certain homicide offenders to be eligible for early parole under certain circumstances
Sponsor: Bray
LR Number: 2281S.01I Fiscal Note: 2281-01
Committee: Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence
Last Action: 5/7/2007 - SCS Voted Do Pass S Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence Committee (2281S.04C) Journal Page:
Title: Calendar Position:
Effective Date: August 28, 2007

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Current Bill Summary

SCS/SB 529 - Certain offenders who have pleaded guilty to or been found guilty of homicide of a spouse or domestic partner and are serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for at least fifty years shall be eligible for parole after having served fifteen years if the board of probation and parole determines that there is a strong probability that the person will not violate the law again. The offender must have no prior felony convictions, no longer have a cognizable legal claim and have a history of being a victim of continual and substantial physical or sexual domestic violence that was not presented at trial or sentencing and is corroborated with evidence.

When making its decision, the board shall consider certain criteria provided. Offenders, who pleaded guilty to or were found guilty of such a homicide and had a history of being a victim of domestic violence presented in court, shall not be eligible for release under this provision.

This act is similar to a provision of SS/SCS/HB 583 (2007).