By: Goolsby H.B. No. 291
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 provide name, address, and phone number
information to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice victim
services division to enable the division to notify the victim or the
victim's guardian or close relative of the release. The victim
services division shall notify any victim or guardian or close
relative named in the victim impact statement or other information.
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 September 1, 2005.