Maine Revised Statutes

§1175. Notification of defendant's release

Upon complying with subsection 1, a victim of a crime of murder or of a Class A, Class B or Class C crime or of a Class D crime under chapters 9, 11 and 12 for which the defendant is committed to the Department of Corrections or to a county jail or is committed to the custody of the Commissioner of Health and Human Services either under Title 15, section 103 after having been found not criminally responsible by reason of insanity or under Title 15, section 101-D after having been found incompetent to stand trial must receive notice of the defendant's unconditional release and discharge from institutional confinement upon the expiration of the sentence or upon release from commitment under Title 15, section 101-D or upon discharge under Title 15, section 104-A and must receive notice of any conditional release of the defendant from institutional confinement, including probation, supervised release for sex offenders, parole, furlough, work release, funeral or deathbed visit, supervised community confinement, home release monitoring or similar program, administrative release or release under Title 15, section 104-A. For purposes of this section, "victim" also includes a person who has obtained under Title 19-A, section 4007 an active protective order or approved consent agreement against the defendant. [2017, c. 128, §1 (AMD).]

1.    A victim who wishes to receive notification must file a request for notification of the defendant's release with the office of the attorney for the State. The attorney for the State shall forward this request form to the Department of Corrections, to the state mental health institute or to the county jail to which that defendant is committed. Notwithstanding this subsection, a victim who wishes to receive notification regarding a defendant who is committed to the Department of Corrections may file a request for notification of the defendant's release directly with the Department of Corrections.
[ 2017, c. 128, §2 (AMD) .]
2.    The Department of Corrections, the state mental health institute or the county jail to which the defendant is committed shall keep the victim's written request in the file of the defendant and shall notify the victim by mail of any impending release as soon as the release date is set. This notice must be mailed to the address provided in the request or any subsequent address provided by the victim.
[ 1995, c. 680, §5 (NEW) .]
3.    The notice required by this section must contain:
A. The name of the defendant; [1995, c. 680, §5 (NEW).]
B. The nature of the release authorized, whether it is a conditional release, including probation, supervised release for sex offenders, parole, furlough, work release, funeral or deathbed visit, supervised community confinement, home release monitoring or a similar program, administrative release or release under Title 15, section 104-A, or an unconditional release and discharge upon release from commitment under Title 15, section 101-D or upon the expiration of a sentence or upon discharge under Title 15, section 104-A; [2017, c. 128, §3 (AMD).]
C. The anticipated date of the defendant's release from institutional confinement and any date on which the defendant must return to institutional confinement, if applicable; [1995, c. 680, §5 (NEW).]
D. The geographic area to which the defendant's release is limited, if any; [1995, c. 680, §5 (NEW).]
E. The address at which the defendant will reside; and [1995, c. 680, §5 (NEW).]
F. The address at which the defendant will work, if applicable. [1995, c. 680, §5 (NEW).]
[ 2017, c. 128, §3 (AMD) .]
4.    The notice requirement under this section ends when:
A. Notice has been provided of an unconditional release or discharge upon the expiration of the sentence or upon release under Title 15, section 101-D or upon discharge under Title 15, section 104-A; or [2009, c. 268, §10 (AMD).]
B. The victim has filed a written request with the Department of Corrections, the state mental health institute or the county jail to which the defendant is committed asking that no further notice be given. [1995, c. 680, §5 (NEW).]
[ 2009, c. 268, §10 (AMD) .]
5.    Neither the failure to perform the requirements of this chapter nor compliance with this chapter subjects the attorney for the State, the Commissioner of Corrections, the Department of Corrections, the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, the state mental health institute or the county jail or the employees or officers of the attorney for the State, the Commissioner of Corrections, the Department of Corrections, the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, the state mental health institute or the county jail to liability in a civil action.
[ RR 1999, c. 2, §20 (COR); 2001, c. 354, §3 (AMD); 2003, c. 689, Pt. B, §7 (REV) .]
SECTION HISTORY
1995, c. 680, §5 (NEW). RR 1999, c. 2, §20 (COR). 1999, c. 126, §1 (AMD). 2001, c. 354, §3 (AMD). 2003, c. 186, §1 (AMD). 2003, c. 689, §B7 (REV). 2005, c. 488, §§3,4 (AMD). 2005, c. 527, §§14-16 (AMD). 2009, c. 268, §§8-10 (AMD). 2009, c. 391, §1 (AMD). 2009, c. 652, Pt. A, §17 (AMD). 2013, c. 133, §§10, 11 (AMD). 2017, c. 128, §§1-3 (AMD).