Introduced by Senator White of Windham District
Subject: Corrections; sex offenders; release into the community; schools
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to prohibit the department of corrections from approving, for offenders under the supervision of the commissioner who have been convicted of a sexual or other offense against a minor, housing within 250 yards of a school or child care center.
AN ACT RELATING TO THE RELEASE OF OFFENDERS INTO THE COMMUNITY
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 28 V.S.A. § 710 is added to read:
§ 710. APPROVAL OF RESIDENCE
The commissioner shall not approve a residence for a sex offender, as defined by 13 V.S.A. § 5401(10)(B), or an offender, convicted of any other offense against a minor, either of whom is under the commissioner’s supervision, located within 250 yards of a public or independent school as defined by 16 V.S.A. § 11, a licensed child day care facility, or a registered family day care home, and whom:
(1) the court has released on a probationary sentence or an alternative sentence under community supervision by the department; or
(2) the commissioner is releasing from confinement.
Sec. 2. EFFECTIVE DATE
This act shall apply to decisions of the commissioner of corrections made after June 30, 2005 regarding the residence of offenders covered by this act.
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