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HF 2944

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 04/09/2018 04:30pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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Introduction Posted on 04/09/2018

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A bill for an act
relating to public safety; requiring sex offenders to serve 50-year conditional release
or probation terms; establishing intensive probation for certain sex offenders;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, sections 609.342, subdivision 2; 609.343,
subdivision 2; 609.344, subdivision 2; 609.345, subdivision 2; 609.3451,
subdivision 3; 609.3455, subdivisions 6, 8, by adding subdivisions.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 609.342, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Penalty.

(a) Except as otherwise provided in section 609.3455; or Minnesota
Statutes 2004, section 609.109, a person convicted under subdivision 1 may be sentenced
to imprisonment for not more than 30 years or to a payment of a fine of not more than
$40,000, or both.

(b) Unless a longer mandatory minimum sentence is otherwise required by law or the
Sentencing Guidelines provide for a longer presumptive executed sentence, the court shall
presume that an executed sentence of 144 months must be imposed on an offender convicted
of violating this section. Sentencing a person in a manner other than that described in this
paragraph is a departure from the Sentencing Guidelines.

(c) A person convicted under this section is also subject to conditional releasenew text begin, extended
probation, and intensive probation
new text end under section 609.3455.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2018, and applies to offenses
committed on or after that date.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 609.343, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Penalty.

(a) Except as otherwise provided in section 609.3455; or Minnesota
Statutes 2004, section 609.109, a person convicted under subdivision 1 may be sentenced
to imprisonment for not more than 25 years or to a payment of a fine of not more than
$35,000, or both.

(b) Unless a longer mandatory minimum sentence is otherwise required by law or the
Sentencing Guidelines provide for a longer presumptive executed sentence, the court shall
presume that an executed sentence of 90 months must be imposed on an offender convicted
of violating subdivision 1, clause (c), (d), (e), (f), or (h). Sentencing a person in a manner
other than that described in this paragraph is a departure from the Sentencing Guidelines.

(c) A person convicted under this section is also subject to conditional releasenew text begin, extended
probation, and intensive probation
new text end under section 609.3455.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2018, and applies to offenses
committed on or after that date.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 609.344, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Penalty.

Except as otherwise provided in section 609.3455, a person convicted
under subdivision 1 may be sentenced:

(1) to imprisonment for not more than 15 years or to a payment of a fine of not more
than $30,000, or both; or

(2) if the person was convicted under subdivision 1, paragraph (b), and if the actor was
no more than 48 months but more than 24 months older than the complainant, to
imprisonment for not more than five years or a fine of not more than $30,000, or both.

A person convicted under this section is also subject to conditional releasenew text begin, extended
probation, and intensive probation
new text end under section 609.3455.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2018, and applies to offenses
committed on or after that date.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 609.345, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Penalty.

Except as otherwise provided in section 609.3455, a person convicted
under subdivision 1 may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than ten years or to a
payment of a fine of not more than $20,000, or both. A person convicted under this section
is also subject to conditional releasenew text begin, extended probation, and intensive probationnew text end under
section 609.3455.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2018, and applies to offenses
committed on or after that date.
new text end

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 609.3451, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Felony.

(a) A person is guilty of a felony and may be sentenced to imprisonment
for not more than seven years or to payment of a fine of not more than $14,000, or both, if
the person violates this section within seven years of:

(1) a previous conviction for violating subdivision 1, clause (2), a crime described in
paragraph (b), or a statute from another state in conformity with any of these offenses; or

(2) the first of two or more previous convictions for violating subdivision 1, clause (1),
or a statute from another state in conformity with this offense.

(b) A previous conviction for violating section 609.342; 609.343; 609.344; 609.345;
609.3453; 617.23, subdivision 2, clause (2), or subdivision 3; or 617.247 may be used to
enhance a criminal penalty as provided in paragraph (a).

new text begin (c) A person convicted under this subdivision is also subject to conditional release,
extended probation, and intensive probation under section 609.3455.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2018, and applies to offenses
committed on or after that date.
new text end

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 609.3455, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Mandatory deleted text beginten-yeardeleted text endnew text begin 50-yearnew text end conditional release term.

new text begin(a) new text endNotwithstanding
the statutory maximum sentence otherwise applicable to the offense and unless a longer
conditional release term is required in subdivision 7, when a court commits an offender to
the custody of the commissioner of corrections for a violation of section 609.342, 609.343,
609.344, 609.345, or 609.3453, the court shall provide that, after the offender has been
released from prison, the commissioner shall place the offender on conditional release for
deleted text begin tendeleted text endnew text begin at least 50new text end years.

new text begin (b) An offender on conditional release pursuant to paragraph (a) may petition the
sentencing court for an order terminating the conditional release term. The petition can be
filed no sooner than ten years after the commissioner places the offender on conditional
release, the offender has been convicted of a crime, or the commissioner has revoked the
offender's conditional release, whichever is later. A copy of the petition must be served on
the prosecuting attorney. The prosecuting attorney must provide notice of a petition to
terminate conditional release to victims who requested notification under section 611A.06.
The court must hold a hearing on a petition. Terminating conditional release is an
extraordinary remedy to be granted only upon clear and convincing evidence that terminating
the offender?s conditional release is consistent with public safety. The court must consider
the testimony of the offender?s victims before ruling on the offender?s petition. If the court
denies an offender's petition to terminate conditional release, the offender may not file a
new petition for five years from the date of the court's order.
new text end

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 609.3455, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 7a. new text end

new text begin Extended probation. new text end

new text begin (a) Notwithstanding the statutory maximum sentence
otherwise applicable to the offense and otherwise provided in section 609.135, subdivision
2, paragraph (a), when the court does not commit an offender to the commissioner of
corrections for a felony violation of section 609.342, 609.343, 609.344, 609.345, 609.3451,
or 609.3453, the court shall, after the offender has been released from any term of
confinement imposed by the court, place the offender on probation for at least 50 years.
new text end

new text begin (b) An offender on extended probation pursuant to paragraph (a) may petition the
sentencing court for an order terminating the extended probation term. The petition can be
filed no sooner than ten years after the court places the offender on extended probation, the
offender has been convicted of a crime, or the court has revoked the offender's extended
probation, whichever is later. A copy of the petition must be served on the prosecuting
attorney. The prosecuting attorney must provide notice of a petition to terminate extended
probation to victims who requested notification under section 611A.06. The court must hold
a hearing on a petition. Terminating extended probation is an extraordinary remedy to be
granted only upon clear and convincing evidence that terminating the offender?s extended
probation is consistent with public safety. The court must consider the testimony of the
offender?s victims before ruling on the offender?s petition. If the court denies an offender's
petition to terminate extended probation, the offender may not file a new petition for five
years from the date of the court's order.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2018, and applies to offenses
committed on or after that date.
new text end

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 609.3455, subdivision 8, is amended to read:


Subd. 8.

Terms of conditional release; applicable to all sex offenders.

(a) The
provisions of this subdivision relating to conditional release apply to all sex offenders
sentenced to prison for a violation of section 609.342, 609.343, 609.344, 609.345, new text begin609.3451,
new text end or 609.3453. Except as provided in this subdivision, conditional release of sex offenders is
governed by provisions relating to supervised release. The commissioner of corrections
may not dismiss an offender on conditional release from supervision until the offender's
conditional release term expires.

(b) The conditions of release may include successful completion of treatment and aftercare
in a program approved by the commissioner, satisfaction of the release conditions specified
in section 244.05, subdivision 6, and any other conditions the commissioner considers
appropriate. The commissioner shall develop a plan to pay the cost of treatment of a person
released under this subdivision. The plan may include co-payments from offenders,
third-party payers, local agencies, or other funding sources as they are identified. This
section does not require the commissioner to accept or retain an offender in a treatment
program. Before the offender is placed on conditional release, the commissioner shall notify
the sentencing court and the prosecutor in the jurisdiction where the offender was sentenced
of the terms of the offender's conditional release. The commissioner also shall make
reasonable efforts to notify the victim of the offender's crime of the terms of the offender's
conditional release.

(c) If the offender fails to meet any condition of release, the commissioner may revoke
the offender's conditional release and order that the offender serve all or a part of the
remaining portion of the conditional release term in prison. An offender, while on supervised
release, is not entitled to credit against the offender's conditional release term for time served
in confinement for a violation of release.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2018, and applies to offenses
committed on or after that date.
new text end

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 609.3455, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 8a. new text end

new text begin Intensive probation. new text end

new text begin (a) When the court does not commit an offender to the
commissioner of corrections after a conviction for a felony violation of section 609.342,
609.343, 609.344, 609.345, 609.3451, or 609.3453, the court shall place the offender on
intensive probation as provided in this subdivision.
new text end

new text begin (b) Phase I of intensive probation is six months and begins after the offender is released
from confinement, if ordered by the court. Phase II lasts for at least one-third of the time
remaining in the offender's imposed sentence at the beginning of phase II. Phase III lasts
for at least one-third of the time remaining in the offender's imposed sentence at the beginning
of phase III. Phase IV continues until the offender's imposed sentence expires.
new text end

new text begin (c) During phase I, the offender will be under house arrest in a residence approved by
the offender's probation agent and may not move to another residence without permission.
"House arrest" means that the offender's movements will be severely restricted and
continually monitored by the assigned agent. During phase II, modified house arrest is
imposed. During phases III and IV, the offender is subjected to a daily curfew instead of
house arrest.
new text end

new text begin (d) During phase I, the assigned probation agent shall have at least four face-to-face
contacts with the offender each week. During phase II, two face-to-face contacts a week
are required. During phase III, one face-to-face contact a week is required. During phase
IV, two face-to-face contacts a month are required. When an offender is an inmate of a jail
or a resident of a facility that is staffed full time, at least one face-to-face contact a week is
required.
new text end

new text begin (e) During phases I, II, III, and IV, the offender must spend at least 40 hours a week
performing approved work, undertaking constructive activity designed to obtain employment,
or attending a treatment or education program as directed by the agent. An offender may
not spend more than six months in a residential treatment program that does not require the
offender to spend at least 40 hours a week performing approved work or undertaking
constructive activity designed to obtain employment.
new text end

new text begin (f) During any phase, the offender may be placed on electronic surveillance if the
probation agent so directs. If electronic surveillance is directed during phase I, the court
must require that the offender be kept in custody, or that the offender's probation agent or
the agent's designee directly supervise the offender, until electronic surveillance is activated.
It is the responsibility of the offender placed on electronic surveillance to ensure that the
offender's residence is properly equipped and the offender's telecommunications system is
properly configured to support electronic surveillance prior to being released from custody
or the direct supervision of a probation agent. It is a violation of an offender's probation to
fail to comply with this paragraph.
new text end

new text begin (g) Throughout all phases of intensive probation, the offender shall submit at any time
to an unannounced search of the offender's person, vehicle, computer and other devices that
access the Internet or store data, or premises by a probation agent.
new text end

new text begin (h) The court may include any other conditions in the various phases of intensive
probation that the court finds necessary and appropriate.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2018, and applies to offenses
committed on or after that date.
new text end