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HOUSE BILL NO. 59
INTRODUCED BY D. MOOD
BY REQUEST OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
AN ACT AUTHORIZING PLEA AGREEMENTS SUBJECTING OFFENDERS TO THE SEXUAL AND VIOLENT OFFENDER REGISTRATION LAWS; REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS TO APPLY LEVEL DESIGNATIONS TO OFFENDERS SUBJECT TO REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS IF LEVELS WERE NOT DESIGNATED AT SENTENCING; AND AMENDING SECTION 46-23-509, MCA.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Plea agreement agreeing to compliance with this part. A defendant convicted of an offense that would otherwise not be subject to registration under this part may agree to comply with the registration requirements of this part as part of a plea agreement, and a court accepting the plea agreement may order the defendant to comply with this part.
Section 2. Section 46-23-509, MCA, is amended to read:
"46-23-509. Sexual offender evaluations and designations -- rulemaking authority. (1) The department shall adopt rules for the qualification of sexual offender evaluators who conduct sexual offender and sexually violent predator evaluations and for determinations by sexual offender evaluators of the risk of a repeat offense and the threat that an offender poses to the public safety.
(2) Prior to sentencing of a person convicted of a sexual offense, the department or a sexual offender evaluator shall provide the court with a sexual offender evaluation report recommending one of the following levels of designation for the offender:
(a) level 1, the risk of a repeat sexual offense is low;
(b) level 2, the risk of a repeat sexual offense is moderate;
(c) level 3, the risk of a repeat sexual offense is high, there is a threat to public safety, and the sexual offender evaluator believes that the offender is a sexually violent predator.
(3) Upon sentencing the offender, the court shall:
(a) review the sexual offender evaluation report, any statement by a victim, and any statement by the offender;
(b) designate the offender as level 1, 2, or 3; and
(c) designate a level 3 offender as a sexually violent predator.
(4) An offender designated as a level 2 or level 3 offender may petition the sentencing court to change the offender's designation if the offender has enrolled in and successfully completed the treatment phase of either the prison's sexual offender program or of an equivalent program approved by the department. After considering the petition, the court may change the offender's risk level designation if the court finds by clear and convincing evidence that the offender's risk of committing a repeat sexual offense has changed since the time sentence was imposed. The court shall impose one of the three risk levels specified in this section.
(5) If, at the time of sentencing, the sentencing judge did not apply a level designation to a sexual offender who is required to register under this part, the department shall designate the offender as level 1, 2, or 3 when the offender is released from confinement."
Section 3. Codification instruction. [Section 1] is intended to be codified as an integral part of Title 46, chapter 23, part 5, and the provisions of Title 46, chapter 23, part 5, apply to [section 1].
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