Senate Bill 117, which focuses on parole issues, passed the House today by a 94-5 vote. Rep. Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte) co-sponsored the bill that will ensure that parolees are responsible for paying their own parole, reducing direct costs to taxpayers.
"Enforcing stricter rules on offenders to pay their own parole will ease taxpayers' burden. This bill will ensure that parolees are not given a free pass for services they utilize," said Rep. Dermody. "I am in favor of rehabilitating those who were incarcerated and I can think of no better way to teach responsibility than asking them to contribute in a monetary way for their own well-being."
SB117 will require parolees, once released from prison, to pay for required testing such as polygraphs and drug testing. This bill will provide that a parolee may be responsible for the reasonable expenses of participating in a program required as a condition of parole, and removes a requirement that parole discharge papers be forwarded to the sentencing court. If a parolee is unable to afford these costs, it will not affect their parole eligibility.
SB 117 has returned to the Senate with no amendments.