An Act To Improve Public Safety through Coordinated Reentry of Prisoners into the Community
Sec. 1. 34-A MRSA §1206-B is enacted to read:
§ 1206-B. Reentry agreements
Sec. 2. 34-A MRSA §3036-A, sub-§2, ¶B, as amended by PL 2001, c. 141, §1, is further amended to read:
Sec. 3. 34-A MRSA §3036-A, sub-§2, ¶C, as amended by PL 2007, c. 240, Pt. ZZZ, §2, is further amended to read:
Sec. 4. 34-A MRSA §3036-A, sub-§2, ¶C-1, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 711, Pt. A, §22 and affected by Pt. D, §2, is repealed.
Sec. 5. 34-A MRSA §3061, sub-§1, as amended by PL 2017, c. 148, §7, is further amended to read:
This bill requires the Commissioner of Corrections to enter into agreements with other state agencies to ensure that prisoners and juvenile clients receive coordinated assistance with reentry and receive services and benefits upon release into the community. It also authorizes the commissioner to enter into similar agreements with federal agencies and community agencies.
Under current law, the amount of time a prisoner must serve prior to being transferred to supervised community confinement is based on the term of imprisonment. The bill removes that distinction.
The bill removes a provision of law providing that if the commissioner determines that the average statewide probation case load is no more than 90 probationers to one probation officer, a prisoner may be transferred to supervised community confinement if the prisoner has no more than 2 years remaining on the term of imprisonment or unsuspended portion of a split sentence.
Under current law, the commissioner may transfer any client from one correctional or detention facility or program to another. The bill adds sober houses, transitional housing and reentry programs to the list of such facilities in current law.