HCS/SB 681 - This act removes the statutory provision allowing an offender to object to the use of videoconferencing at probation and parole hearings, and requires the Board of Probation and Parole to conduct an interview, rather than a personal interview, of the offender before ordering parole.
These provisions are identical to HB 1585 (2016) and are similar to HCS/SS/SCS/SB 663 (2016) and SB 1006 (2016).
In addition, this act requires a probation officer who has probable cause to believe a probationer, who is on probation for a felony offense, and has substantially violated a material condition of probation to immediately notify the prosecuting or circuit attorney of the violation.
This provision is similar to SCS/SB 31 (2015).
This act also provides that entities providing private probation services for misdemeanor offenders must use the Department of Corrections' procedures when screening for clients and shall not require clients to travel over 50 miles to attend probation meetings.
This provision is similar to a provision of CCS/SCS/HCS/HB 1584 (2016).