By: Goolsby H.B. No. 26
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
relating to victim notification regarding the release of certain
defendants following acquittal by reason of insanity.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 4(d), Article 46.03, Code of Criminal
Procedure, is amended by adding Subdivision (8) to read as follows:
(8) Victim Notification of Release. If the court
issues an order under Subdivision (4) or (5) that requires the
release of an acquitted person on discharge or on a regimen of
outpatient care, the clerk of the court issuing the order, using the
information provided on any victim impact statement received by the
court under Article 56.03 or other information made available to
the court, shall make a reasonable effort to notify the victim or
the victim's guardian or close relative of the release.
Notwithstanding Article 56.03(f), the clerk of the court may
inspect a victim impact statement for the purpose of notification
under this subdivision.
SECTION 2. This Act takes effect on the 91st day after the
last day of the legislative session.