2018 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 15 - Criminal Procedure
RS 15:546 - Release of information

Universal Citation: LA Rev Stat § 15:546 (2018)

§546. Release of information

A. Criminal justice agencies shall release relevant and necessary information regarding sex offenders, child predators, and sexually violent predators to the public when the release of the information is necessary for public protection, according to the provisions set forth by the board pursuant to R.S. 15:547(C).

B.(1) An elected official, public employee, public agency, or criminal justice agency shall be immune from civil liability for damages for any discretionary decision to release relevant and necessary information, unless it is shown that the official, employee, or agency acted with gross negligence or in bad faith. The authorization and immunity in this Chapter apply to information regarding:

(a) A person who has been convicted of a sex offense or criminal offense against a victim who is a minor, or who has been determined to be a sexually violent predator as defined in this Chapter.

(b) A person found not guilty by reason of insanity of a sex offense or criminal offense against a victim who is a minor.

(c) A person found incompetent to stand trial for a sex offense or criminal offense against a victim who is a minor and subsequently committed to a treatment facility or institution or hospital.

(2) The immunity provided under this Section applies to the release of relevant information to other employees or officials or to the general public.

(3) The identity of a victim, or information leading to the identity of a victim, of an offense that requires registration under this Section shall not be released.

C. Nothing in this Chapter, except as otherwise provided, shall impose any liability upon a public official, public employee, or public agency for failing to release information as provided in this Chapter.

D. An offender's pending appeal or writ of habeas corpus shall not restrict the agency's, official's, or employee's authority to release relevant information concerning an offender's prior criminal history. However, the agency shall release the latest dispositions of the charges as they are provided.

Acts 1992, No. 388, §1, eff. June 18, 1992; Acts 1997, No. 1147, §1, eff. July 14, 1997.

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