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Senate Bill 0258

Senate Bill 0258

ARCHIVE (2008)

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DIGEST OF SB 258 (Updated March 14, 2008 4:27 pm - DI 106)

Discharge of long term inmates, electronic copies of sentencing information, and Internet access for inmate employment searches. Requires the parole board to review the sentence of a long term inmate who has not been convicted of a violent offense to determine whether the inmate has been rehabilitated and has suitable plans that would warrant discharge from custody, and requires the department of correction to assist the parole board by identifying certain long term inmates to the parole board and providing certain other information. Specifies that an inmate whose review is denied by the parole board may seek a later review. Requires such an inmate released by the parole board to be placed on parole. Allows a court to: (1) send copies of certain reports relating to the conviction of an individual to the department; and (2) certify copies of judgments of conviction and sentences to receiving authorities; through any electronic means approved by the department. Requires the department to allow certain inmates to have Internet access to web sites that contain employment information in the 90 day period before an inmate is discharged, released on parole, released on probation, or assigned to a community transition program, and requires the department to provide Internet training and employment counseling. Provides that GPS monitoring for certain sex offenders is mandatory after June 30, 2009, and authorizes the parole board to require GPS monitoring before July 1, 2009. Requires a sex or violent offender to report the offender's electronic mail address and certain Internet usernames. Makes it a Class A misdemeanor for a sex offender to use a social networking Internet web site or an instant messaging or chat room program that the offender knows is frequented by children. Makes committing an offense against a person with a disability an aggravating circumstance for sentencing purposes if the defendant knew or should have known that the victim was a person with a disability. Provides that, as a condition of probation or parole, a sex offender: (1) must consent to the search of the sex offender's personal computer at any time; (2) must permit installation on the sex offender's personal computer or device with Internet capability of hardware or software to monitor the sex offender's Internet usage; (3) must be prohibited by a probation or parole officer from using or accessing certain web sites, chat rooms, or instant messaging programs frequented by children; and (4) may not delete, erase, or tamper with information on the sex offender's personal computer that relates to prohibited Internet usage. Requires a school corporation to include a mandatory instructional unit on safely using the Internet for grades 3 and above. Specifically provides that law enforcement officials may seize computers, cellular telephones, and other equipment used to commit or facilitate, or intended to be used to commit or facilitate, sex crimes. Makes it a Class B misdemeanor for certain persons at least 21 years of age to knowingly or intentionally communicate concerning sexual activity with a child less than 14 years of age with the intent to gratify the sexual desires of the person or the child. Enhances the offense to a Class A misdemeanor if it is committed by means of a computer network. Specifies that the sex or violent offender registration period is not restarted based on the offender's commission of a subsequent offense.
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