An Act To Provide Anger Management Courses or Additional Imprisonment for Domestic Violence Offenders
Sec. 1. 17-A MRSA §1160 is enacted to read:
§ 1160. Anger management
Sec. 2. 19-A MRSA §4015 is enacted to read:
§ 4015. Certification of anger management programs
The Department of Corrections, referred to in this section as "the department," shall, in consultation with the Maine Commission on Domestic and Sexual Abuse under section 4013, establish standards and procedures for certification of anger management programs to provide level one and level 2 anger management courses for persons convicted of domestic violence crimes under Title 17-A, sections 207-A, 209-A, 210-B, 210-C and 211-A and ordered to participate in anger management courses pursuant to Title 17-A, section 1160. The level one anger management course must be of a duration of 2 weekends. The level 2 anger management course must be of a duration of 4 weekends. The department, in consultation with the commission, shall review and certify programs that meet the standards. The department shall adopt rules to implement this section. Rules adopted pursuant to this section are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
Sec. 3. Effective date. This Act takes effect January 1, 2016.
This bill provides for anger management courses or specified jail time in addition to the sentences for certain domestic violence offenders. The bill directs the Department of Corrections, in consultation with the Maine Commission on Domestic and Sexual Abuse, to develop standards and procedures for certification of anger management programs and to certify those programs. The bill has an effective date of January 1, 2016.