Bill Summary for H 126 (2023-2024)
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AN ACT TO EXPAND THE MUTUAL AGREEMENT PAROLE PROGRAM TO ALLOW FOR THE PAROLE OF INMATES SENTENCED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT WITHOUT PAROLE.Intro. by Alexander, Logan.
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Amends GS Chapter 15A to add Article 85C (Mutual Agreement Parole (MAPP) program) that includes the following new statutes:
(1) GS 15A-1380.6 providing that individuals sentenced to life without parole may be released under the MAPP program after serving 20 years of their sentence and complying with educational, vocational, and work requirements;
(2) GS 15A-1380.7 directing the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice to assess the behavioral, educational, and occupational needs of an individual serving life without parole in the first five years of their sentence, then offer the individual a 15 year MAPP contract with certain mandatory education and work requirements as outlined in this section;
(3) GS 15A-1380.8 providing that an individual serving life without parole who completes the requirements of GS 15A-1380.7 is subject to the conditions and procedures for parole under Article 85 of GS Chapter 15A (parole procedures and conditions), is released with a five year parole period, and will not be eligible for parole again for at least five years after any violation of their parole; and
(4) GS 15A-1380.9 establishing retroactive parole eligibility wherein an individual sentenced to life without parole who has already served 20 years of their sentence and has completed some or most of the requirements outlined in GS 15A-1380.7 by August 1, 2023, is eligible for a modified MAPP contract of 1 to 3 years after which they serve the five year parole period outlined in GS 15A-1380.8.
Effective August 1, 2023, and applies retroactively and prospectively.