2018 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 15 - Criminal Procedure
RS 15:574.7 - Custody and supervision of parolees; modification or suspension of supervision; violation of conditions of parole; sanctions; alternative conditions; administrative sanctions

Universal Citation: LA Rev Stat § 15:574.7 (2018)

§574.7. Custody and supervision of parolees; modification or suspension of supervision; violation of conditions of parole; sanctions; alternative conditions; administrative sanctions

            A. Each parolee shall remain in the legal custody of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, corrections services, and shall be subject to the orders and supervision of the committee. At the direction of the committee, the chief probation and parole officer shall be responsible for the investigation and supervision of all parolees. The committee may modify or suspend such supervision upon a determination that a parolee who had conducted himself in accordance with the conditions of his parole no longer needs the guidance and supervision originally imposed.

            B.(1) At the time a defendant is released on parole for a crime of violence as defined in R.S. 14:2(B) or a sex offense as defined in R.S. 15:541, the committee on parole may make a determination as to whether a defendant is eligible for the imposition of administrative sanctions as provided for in this Section. If authorized to do so by the committee, each time a parolee violates a condition of parole, a parole officer may use administrative sanctions to address a technical violation committed by a parolee when all of the following occur:

            (a) The parolee, after receiving written notification of his right to a hearing before a court and right to counsel, provides a written waiver of a parole violation hearing.

            (b) The parolee admits to the violation or affirmatively chooses not to contest the violation alleged in the parole violation report.

            (c) The parolee consents to the imposition of administrative sanctions by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

            (2) The department shall promulgate rules to implement the provisions of this Subsection to establish the following:

            (a) A system of structured, administrative sanctions which shall be imposed for technical violations of parole and which shall take into consideration the following factors:

            (i) The severity of the violation behavior.

            (ii) The prior violation history.

            (iii) The severity of the underlying criminal conviction.

            (iv) The criminal history of the parolee.

            (v) Any special circumstances, characteristics, or resources of the parolee.

            (vi) Protection of the community.

            (vii) Deterrence.

            (viii) The availability of appropriate local sanctions, including but not limited to jail, treatment, community service work, house arrest, electronic surveillance, restitution centers, work release centers, day reporting centers, or other local sanctions.

            (b) Procedures to provide a parolee with written notice of the right to a parole violation hearing to determine whether the parolee violated the conditions of parole alleged in the violation report and the right to be represented by counsel at state expense at that hearing if financially eligible.

            (c) Procedures for a parolee to provide written waiver of the right to a parole violation hearing, to admit to the violation or affirmatively choose not to contest the violation alleged in the parole violation report, and to consent to the imposition of administrative sanctions by the department.

            (d) The level and type of sanctions that may be imposed by parole officers and other supervisory personnel.

            (e) The level and type of violation behavior that warrants a recommendation to the committee that parole be revoked.

            (f) Procedures notifying the parolee and the committee on parole of a violation admitted by the parolee and the administrative sanctions imposed.

            (g) Such other policies and procedures as are necessary to implement the provisions of this Subsection and to provide adequate parole supervision.

            (3) If the administrative sanction imposed pursuant to the provisions of this Subsection is jail confinement, the confinement shall not exceed ten days per violation and shall not exceed a total of sixty days per year.

            (4) For purposes of this Subsection, "technical violation" means any violation of a condition of parole as defined in R.S. 15:574.9(G)(2).

            C.(1) Each time a parolee who is on parole for a crime other than a crime of violence as defined in R.S. 14:2(B) or a sex offense as defined in R.S. 15:541 violates a condition of parole, a parole officer is authorized to use administrative sanctions to address a technical violation committed by a parolee when all of the following occur:

            (a) The parolee, after receiving written notification of his right to a hearing before a court and right to counsel, provides a written waiver of a parole violation hearing.

            (b) The parolee admits to the violation or affirmatively chooses not to contest the violation alleged in the parole violation report.

            (c) The parolee consents to the imposition of administrative sanctions by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

            (2) The department shall promulgate rules to implement the provisions of this Subsection to establish the following:

            (a) A system of structured, administrative sanctions which shall be imposed for technical violations of parole and which shall take into consideration the following factors:

            (i) The severity of the violation behavior.

            (ii) The prior violation history.

            (iii) The severity of the underlying criminal conviction.

            (iv) The criminal history of the parolee.

            (v) Any special circumstances, characteristics, or resources of the parolee.

            (vi) Protection of the community.

            (vii) Deterrence.

            (viii) The availability of appropriate local sanctions, including but not limited to jail, treatment, community service work, house arrest, electronic surveillance, restitution centers, work release centers, day reporting centers, or other local sanctions.

            (ix) Incarceration shall not be used for the lowest-tier violations including the first positive drug test and the first or second violation for the following:

            (aa) Association with known felons or persons involved in criminal activity.

            (bb) Changing residence without permission.

            (cc) Failure to initially report as required.

            (dd) Failure to pay restitution for up to three months.

            (ee) Failure to report as instructed.

            (ff) Traveling without permission.

            (gg) Occasion of unemployment and failure to seek employment within ninety days.

            (x) Incarceration shall not be used for first or second violations of alcohol use or admission, except for defendants convicted of operating a vehicle while intoxicated pursuant to R.S. 14:98; defendants convicted of domestic abuse battery pursuant to R.S. 14:35.3 committed by one family member or household member against another; defendants convicted of battery by one dating partner as defined by R.S. 46:2151 against another; or defendants convicted of a violation of a protective order, pursuant to R.S. 14:79, issued against the defendant to protect a family member or household member as defined by R.S. 14:35.3, or a dating partner as defined by R.S. 46:2151.

            (b) Procedures to provide a parolee with written notice of the right to a parole violation hearing to determine whether the parolee violated the conditions of parole alleged in the violation report and the right to be represented by counsel at state expense at that hearing if financially eligible.

            (c) Procedures for a parolee to provide written waiver of the right to a parole violation hearing, to admit to the violation or affirmatively choose not to contest the violation alleged in the parole violation report, and to consent to the imposition of administrative sanctions by the department.

            (d) The level and type of sanctions that may be imposed by parole officers and other supervisory personnel.

            (e) The level and type of violation behavior that warrants a recommendation to the board that parole be revoked.

            (f) Procedures notifying the parolee and the committee on parole of a violation admitted by the parolee and the administrative sanctions imposed.

            (g) Such other policies and procedures as are necessary to implement the provisions of this Subsection and to provide adequate parole supervision.

            (3) If the administrative sanction imposed pursuant to the provisions of this Subsection is jail confinement, the confinement shall not exceed ten days per violation and shall not exceed a total of sixty days per year.

            (4) For purposes of this Subsection, "technical violation" means any violation of a condition of parole, that does not include any of the following:

            (a) An allegation of a criminal act that is subsequently proven to be a felony.

            (b) An allegation of a criminal act that is subsequently proven to be an intentional misdemeanor directly affecting the person.

            (c) An allegation of a criminal act that if proven would be a crime of violence as defined in R.S. 14:2(B).

            (d) An allegation of a criminal act that if proven would be a sex offense as defined in R.S. 15:541.

            (e) An allegation of domestic abuse battery pursuant to R.S. 14:35.3 committed by one family member or household member against another, or an allegation of battery committed by one dating partner as defined by R.S. 46:2151 against another.

            (f) An allegation of violation of a protective order, pursuant to R.S. 14:79, issued against the offender to protect a family member or household member as defined by R.S. 14:35.3, or a dating partner as defined by R.S. 46:2151.

            (g) Being in possession of a firearm or other prohibited weapon.

            (h) Absconding from the jurisdiction of the court by leaving the state without the prior approval of the committee on parole or the probation and parole officer.

            D.(1) If the chief probation and parole officer, upon recommendation by a parole officer, has reasonable cause to believe that a parolee has violated the conditions of parole, he shall notify the committee, and shall cause the appropriate parole officer to submit the parolee's record to the committee. After consideration of the record submitted, and after such further investigation as it may deem necessary, the committee may order:

            (a) The issuance of a reprimand and warning to the parolee.

            (b) That the parolee be required to conform to one or more additional conditions of parole which may be imposed in accordance with R.S. 15:574.4.

            (c) That the parolee be arrested, and upon arrest be given a prerevocation hearing within a reasonable time, at or reasonably near the place of the alleged parole violation or arrest, to determine whether there is probable cause to detain the parolee pending orders of the parole committee.

            (2) Upon receiving a summary of the prerevocation proceeding, the committee may order the following:

            (a) The parolee's return to the physical custody of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, corrections services, to await a hearing to determine whether his parole should be revoked.

            (b) As an alternative to revocation, that the parolee, as a condition of parole, be committed to a community rehabilitation center or a substance abuse treatment program operated by, or under contract with, the department, for a period of time not to exceed six months, without benefit of good time, provided that such commitment does not extend the period of parole beyond the full parole term. Upon written request of the department that the offender be removed for violations of the rules or regulations of the community rehabilitation center or substance abuse program, the committee shall order that the parole be revoked, with credit for time served in the community rehabilitation center.

            Acts 1968, No. 191, §1; Amended by Acts 1974, No. 120, §1; Acts 1988, No. 380, §1; Acts 1992, No. 301, §1; Acts 2010, No. 861, §7; Acts 2011, No. 104, §1; Acts 2012, No. 714, §8; Acts 2017, No. 280, §3, eff. Nov. 1, 2017.

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