Counties Support Procedures to Help Released Inmates Get Back Home

MACo Legislative Director Natasha Mehu testified March 6, 2020 to the House Judiciary Committee to support HB 1275 – Correctional Services – Inmate Release (Suzanne Jones Act). This bill establishes procedures to ensure that individuals released from state correctional facilities are returned home upon release.

From the MACo Testimony:

HB 1275 would require the Division of Corrections (DOC) to transfer an inmate upon release from a state correctional facility to the jurisdiction in which they lived prior to incarceration. It also requires the Division of Parole and Probation (DPP) to provide any required probation, parole, or mandatory supervision of an inmate in the jurisdiction where the inmate lived prior to incarceration. The DOC and DPP must consult with the inmates ID, correctional intake records, or last know residence according to the Decennial census to properly identify where the inmate lived prior to incarceration.

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