Victim and Witness Notification Program.
The Department of Corrections (DOC) is required to send written notice to certain persons regarding the parole, release, community custody, work release placement, furlough, or escape of a specific person convicted of a violent offense, a sex offense, a domestic violence court order violation, or a felony Harassment offense. Except in the event of escape or emergency furloughs, the notice must be sent at the earliest possible date and no later than 30 days before release.
The persons to whom the notice must be sent include:
If a person convicted of a violent offense, sex offense, domestic violence court order violation, or felony Harassment escapes from a correctional facility, the DOC must immediately notify the chief of police of the city and sheriff of the county in which the person resided immediately before the person's arrest and conviction. If previously requested, the DOC must also notify the witnesses and the victim of the crime for which the person was convicted. If the person is recaptured, the DOC must send the required notice as soon as possible but no later than two working days after the DOC learns of the recapture.
The prosecutor of the county in which a person was sentenced for a felony offense may petition the sentencing court to resentence the person if the original sentence no longer advances the interests of justice. The court may grant or deny the petition. If the court grants the petition, the court must resentence the person in the same matter as if the person had not previously been sentenced but the sentence may not be greater than the initial sentence.
The prosecuting attorney must make reasonable efforts to notify victims and survivors of victims of the petition for resentencing and the date of the resentencing hearing. The prosecuting attorney must provide victims and survivors of victims access to available victim advocates and other related services. The court must provide an opportunity for victims and survivors of victims of any crimes for which the person has been convicted to present a statement personally or by representation.
In addition to current notification requirements, the DOC is required to send written notice to specified persons regarding the parole, release, community custody, work release placement, furlough, or escape of persons convicted of the following additional crimes:
Victim and witness notification requirements do not apply when a person is released due to a court order pursuant to felony resentencing proceedings.