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Substitute Senate Bill No. 615

PUBLIC ACT NO. 96-97

AN ACT CONCERNING VICTIM SERVICES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subdivision (9) of subsection (b) of section 54-203 of the general statutes, as amended by sections 12 and 21 of public act 95-257, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(9) To provide, not later than January 1, 1994, a victims' notification clearinghouse which shall be a central repository for requests for notification filed pursuant to sections 54-228, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 4 OF THIS ACT, and 54-229, and to notify, on and after January 1, 1994, persons who have filed such a request whenever an inmate has applied for release from a correctional institution or reduction of sentence or review of sentence pursuant to section 54-227, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 3 OF THIS ACT, or whenever an inmate is SCHEDULED TO BE released from a correctional institution and, on and after January 1, 1994, to provide victims of family violence crimes, upon request, information concerning any modification or termination of criminal orders of protection.

Sec. 2. Subsection (b) of section 54-205 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(b) An applicant may request that a determination made pursuant to subsection (a) of this section be reviewed by a victim compensation commissioner by filing a request for review with the Office of Victim Services, on a form prescribed by the Office of the Chief Court Administrator, within [fourteen] THIRTY days from mailing of the notice of such determination.

Sec. 3. Section 54-227 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Any inmate who makes an application to the Board of Pardons, Board of Parole or Department of Correction for release other than a furlough from a correctional institution or who applies to the sentencing court or judge for a reduction in sentence pursuant to section 53a-39, or who applies to the review division for a review of sentence pursuant to section 51-195, shall notify the Office of Victim Services of such application on a form prescribed by the Office of the Chief Court Administrator. Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, no such application shall be accepted unless the applicant has notified the Office of Victim Services and provides proof of such notice as part of the application.

(b) NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISION OF THE GENERAL STATUTES TO THE CONTRARY, THE BOARD OF PARDONS, BOARD OF PAROLE, SENTENCING COURT AND SENTENCE REVIEW DIVISION MAY MAKE AVAILABLE TO THE OFFICE OF VICTIM SERVICES DIRECT ACCESS TO RECORDS IN THEIR CUSTODY, INCLUDING COMPUTERIZED CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD INFORMATION, FOR THE PURPOSE OF PERFORMING ITS DUTIES REGARDING VICTIM NOTIFICATION.

Sec. 4. Section 54-228 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Any victim of a crime or any member of an inmate's immediate family who desires to be notified whenever an inmate makes an application to the Board of Pardons, Board of Parole, Department of Correction, sentencing court or judge or review division as provided in section 54-227 or whenever an inmate is SCHEDULED TO BE released from a correctional institution other than on a furlough, may complete and file a request for notification with the Office of Victim Services. Such request for notification shall be in such form and content as the Office of the Chief Court Administrator may prescribe. Such request for notification shall be confidential and shall remain confidential while in the custody of the Office of Victim Services and shall not be disclosed. It shall be the responsibility of the victim to notify the Office of Victim Services of his or her current mailing address, which shall be kept confidential and shall not be disclosed by the Office of Victim Services.

Sec. 5. Section 54-230 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Upon receipt of notice from an inmate pursuant to section 54-227, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 3 OF THIS ACT the Office of Victim Services shall notify by mail all persons who have requested to be notified pursuant to sections 54-228 AS AMENDED BY SECTION 4 OF THIS ACT and 54-229 whenever such inmate makes application for release or sentence reduction or review. Such notice shall be in writing and notify each person of the nature of the release or sentence reduction or review being applied for, the address and telephone number of the board or agency to which the application by the inmate was made, and the date and place of the hearing or session, if any, scheduled on the application.

(b) Upon receipt of notice from the Department of Correction pursuant to section 54-231, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 6 OF THIS ACT the Office of Victim Services shall notify by mail all victims who have requested to be notified pursuant to section 54-228 AS AMENDED BY SECTION 4 OF THIS ACT whenever such inmate is SCHEDULED TO BE released from a correctional institution. Such notice shall be in writing and notify each victim of the date of such inmate's release. The victim shall notify the Office of Victim Services of his or her current mailing address, which shall be kept confidential and shall not be disclosed by the Office of Victim Services.

Sec. 6. Section 54-231 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The Department of Correction shall notify the Office of Victim Services whenever it [releases] SCHEDULES THE RELEASE OF an inmate from a correctional institution other than on a furlough. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISION OF THE GENERAL STATUTES TO THE CONTRARY, THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION MAY MAKE AVAILABLE TO THE OFFICE OF VICTIM SERVICES DIRECT ACCESS TO ANY RECORDS IN ITS CUSTODY, INCLUDING COMPUTERIZED CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD INFORMATION, FOR THE PURPOSE OF ASSISTING SAID OFFICE TO PERFORM ITS DUTIES REGARDING VICTIM NOTIFICATION.

Approved May 8, 1996. Effective October 1, 1996.

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