2018 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 15 - Criminal Procedure
RS 15:549 - Notification of release or escape of inmate

Universal Citation: LA Rev Stat § 15:549 (2018)

§549. Notification of release or escape of inmate

A. At the earliest possible date, and in no event later than ten days before release, except in the event of escape or emergency furloughs, the Department of Public Safety and Corrections shall send written notice of parole, community placement, work release placement, furlough, or escape, about a specific inmate convicted of a sex offense or a criminal offense against a victim who is a minor, to all of the following:

(1) The chief of police of the municipality in which the inmate will reside or in which placement will be made in a work release program.

(2) The sheriff of the parish in which the inmate will reside or in which placement will be made in a work release program.

B. The same notice as required in Subsection A of this Section shall be sent to the following if such notice has been requested in writing about a specific inmate convicted of a sex offense or a criminal offense against a victim who is a minor:

(1) The victim of the crime for which the inmate was convicted.

(2) Any witnesses who testified against the inmate in any court proceedings involving the offense.

(3) Any person specified in writing by the prosecuting district attorney.

C. Information regarding any victim, a relative of the victim, or witness requesting the notice, information regarding any other person specified in writing by the prosecuting district attorney to receive the notice, and the notice are confidential and shall not be available to the inmate.

D. If an inmate convicted of a sex offense or a criminal offense against a victim who is a minor escapes from a correctional facility, the Department of Public Safety and Corrections shall immediately notify, by the most reasonable and expedient means available, the chief of police of the municipality and the sheriff of the parish in which the inmate resided immediately before the inmate's arrest and conviction. If previously requested, the department shall also notify the witnesses and the victim of the crime for which the inmate was convicted. If the inmate is recaptured, the department shall send notice to the persons designated in this Subsection as soon as possible but in no event later than two working days after the department learns of such recapture.

E. If the victim or any witness is under the age of sixteen, the notice required by this Section shall be sent to the parents, tutor, or legal guardian of the child.

F. The Department of Public Safety and Corrections shall send the notices required by this Chapter to the last address provided to the department by the requesting party. The requesting party shall furnish the department with a current address.

G. Nothing in this Section shall impose any liability upon a chief of police of a municipality or sheriff of a parish for failing to request in writing a notice as provided in this Section.

H. The state shall make the electronic mail address or addresses and instant message names or names collected for the sex offender registry available to any commercial or non-profit entity who makes a request and which promotes child safety, including any of the following:

(1) Child safety organizations who attempt to deter the sexual exploitation of children.

(2) Educational institutions.

(3) Interactive computer services.

I. No provider of interactive computer services shall be liable under this Chapter or any other provision of law for any of the following:

(1) Identifying, removing, disabling, blocking or otherwise affecting a user on a good faith belief that such user's electronic mail address, instant message name, username, or other similar Internet identifier appeared in the National Sex Offender Registry or any analogous state registry.

(2) For failing to identify, block or otherwise prevent a person from registering for its service, or for failing to remove, disable or otherwise affect a registered user, whose electronic mail address, instant message name or names, or other similar Internet identifier appears in the National Sex Offender Registry or any analogous state registry.

Acts 1992, No. 388, §1, eff. June 18, 1992; Acts 2007, No. 460, §2, eff. Jan. 1, 2008; Acts 2008, No. 672, §2.

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