Session of 2021
By Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice

1 AN ACT concerning the department of corrections; relating to parole and
2 postrelease supervision; requiring the department to develop guidelines
3 to address parole violations; amending K.S.A. 75-5216 and repealing
4 the existing section.
6 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
7 Section 1. K.S.A. 75-5216 is hereby amended to read as follows: 75-
8 5216. (a) Parole officers shall investigate all persons referred to them for
9 investigation by the secretary of corrections. Parole officers shall furnish
10 to each person released under their supervision a written statement of the
11 conditions of parole or postrelease supervision and shall give instructions
12 regarding these conditions. Parole officers shall keep informed of the
13 conduct and condition of a parolee or inmate on postrelease supervision
14 and use all suitable methods to aid, encourage and bring about
15 improvement in the conduct and condition of such parolee or inmate or on
16 postrelease supervision. Parole officers shall keep detailed records of their
17 work and shall make such reports in writing and perform such other duties
18 as may be incidental to those above enumerated or as the secretary may
19 require. Parole officers shall coordinate their work with that of social
20 welfare agencies.
21 (b) The secretary of corrections shall develop guidance for use by
22 parole officers that includes intervention responses to behavior that would
23 constitute a violation of parole or postrelease supervision and incentive
24 responses to compliant behavior and pro-social achievements. Parole
25 officers shall use such guidance developed by the secretary while
26 supervising offenders on parole or postrelease supervision.
27 Sec. 2. K.S.A. 75-5216 is hereby repealed.
28 Sec. 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
29 publication in the statute book.

Statutes affected:
As introduced: 75-5216