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Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

SECTION 1. Section 5 of chapter 27 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2004 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following sentence:- The parole board shall administer and oversee mandatory post-release supervision functions as set forth in section 133D of chapter 127 and in chapter 127A.

SECTION 2. The General Laws are hereby amended by inserting after chapter 127 the following chapter:-

CHAPTER 127A

MANDATORY POST-RELEASE SUPERVISION

Section 1. All sentences to incarceration in a house of correction, jail or state prison shall include a period of post-release supervision, excluding sentences for those prisoners for whom parole eligibility is determined by section 133A of chapter 127. Except as provided in this chapter, for individuals who complete the incarceration portion of their sentences without supervised release or are re-incarcerated for the remainder of the sentence for violating the terms of parole or probation, the period of mandatory post-release supervision shall be 25 per cent of the maximum term of incarceration imposed at sentencing up to a maximum period of supervision of 5 years, but in no case less than 9 months. Where an individual is sentenced to incarceration on multiple offenses to be served concurrently, the greater of the maximum terms imposed at sentencing shall be used to calculate the mandatory post-release supervision period. Mandatory post-release supervision as established in this chapter shall not be imposed upon any individual who successfully completes a period of probation imposed by a court at sentencing, upon an individual who is granted a parole permit under chapter 127 and successfully completes a period of parole supervision, or upon an individual sentenced to lifetime community parole under section 45 of chapter 265 and section 133D of chapter 127. An individual subject to this chapter may be supervised in another jurisdiction in accordance with sections 151A through 151N of chapter 127 and shall be considered on parole for the purposes of supervision.

Section 2. Upon release, an individual sentenced to a term of incarceration for not more than 1 year in a house of correction or jail shall be subject to the supervision and jurisdiction of the office of the commissioner of probation during the period of mandatory post-release supervision. Upon release, an individual sentenced to a term of incarceration in a house of correction or jail for more than 1 year, or in a state prison for any length of time shall be subject to the supervision and jurisdiction of the parole board during the period of mandatory post-release supervision. All persons under supervision of the office of the commissioner of probation shall be subject to the law, rules and regulations governing probation. All persons under supervision of the parole board shall be subject to the law, rules and regulations governing parole. The commissioner of probation and the chairman of the parole board shall establish uniform regulations for post-release supervision consistent with applicable provisions of chapters 127 and 276. Nothing in this section or in said regulations shall limit the authority of the superior, municipal, district or juvenile court to impose conditions of probation supervision to protect the public or promote the rehabilitation of any person.

Section 3. An individual subject to mandatory post-release supervision who has successfully completed 9 months of supervision shall be eligible for early termination of that supervision. In the case of a person under the supervision of the office of the commissioner of probation, early termination shall only occur upon an order of a court of competent jurisdiction. In the case of a person under the supervision of the parole board, early termination shall only occur in accordance with procedure to be adopted in the regulations of the parole board. In all proceedings under this section, the uniform criteria for early termination of mandatory post-release supervision shall be established jointly by the commissioner of probation and the chairman of the parole board and shall include, but not be limited to, the amount of time the individual has successfully spent under post-release supervision, success in finding permanent employment, success in establishing adequate housing, completing all counseling or substance abuse treatment programs and successful passing of all mandated post-release testing programs.

Section 4. An individual who violates a condition of mandatory post-release supervision shall be subject to this section and to modification or revocation proceedings initiated by the agency responsible for the violator's supervision. The laws and judicial rules governing probation violation proceedings shall govern these modification or revocation proceedings for an individual subject to the jurisdiction of the office of the commissioner of probation. The laws and regulations governing parole violation proceedings shall govern these modification or revocation proceedings for an individual subject to the jurisdiction of the parole board. In all proceedings under this section, an individual who violates a condition of mandatory post-release supervision may be placed under increased supervision, subjected to other conditions and intermediate sanctions, or incarcerated for not more than the maximum remaining period of post-release supervision or the remaining unserved portion of the sentence, whichever is greater, if the violation does not otherwise constitute a criminal offense. In all cases where the individual is not being incarcerated for a violation, the individual shall participate in an intermediate sanction through the office of community corrections established in chapter 211F, the level of which is to be determined by the commissioner of probation or the chairman of the parole board, whoever has supervision authority over the individual. In the case of any violation for use of controlled substances or an offense for operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol where the individual is not incarcerated for the violation, the period of mandatory post-release supervision shall be extended to accommodate an appropriate substance abuse program, but the total shall not exceed the maximum supervisory period permitted under section 1. For any violation of the conditions of mandatory post-release supervision, the period of supervision shall be stayed during a period of incarceration and it shall be resumed upon release. If the violation constitutes a criminal offense, the period of incarceration shall be served on and after any sentence received as a result of the new offense. Upon subsequent release, the greater of the maximum sentences of the original offense and subsequent offense shall be used to calculate the new mandatory post-release supervision period.

Section 5. All mandatory post-release supervision shall be considered completed if any of the following conditions are met: (a) except as provided in section 4, the individual serves a post-release supervision period of 25 per cent of the maximum term of incarceration imposed at sentencing up to a maximum period of supervision of 5 years, but in no case less than 9 months; (b) the individual is granted early termination under section 3; (c) upon completion of the sentence, the individual is immediately committed to the custody of any other state to serve a period of incarceration greater than or equal to the post-release supervision period required under this chapter; or (d) upon completion of the sentence, the individual is immediately committed to the custody of any federal or immigration authority. Mandatory post-release supervision shall be stayed for any period during which an individual is in custody under an order of custody under chapter 123A.

SECTION 3. Section 85 of chapter 276 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2004 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following sentence:- The powers and duties of probation officers shall include mandatory post-release supervision as set forth in chapter 127A.

SECTION 4. Section 99 of chapter 276, as so appearing, is hereby amended by adding the following sentence:- The commissioner shall oversee mandatory post-release supervision functions as set forth in chapter 127A.

SECTION 5. Section 24 of chapter 279 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out, in lines 5 to 6, the words "be convicted" and inserting in place thereof the following words:- been convicted, and must be at least 20 per cent greater than the minimum term,.

SECTION 6. Chapter 127A of the General Laws, as inserted by section 2, shall take effect upon its passage and shall apply to all felonies and misdemeanors committed on or after that date. All offenses committed before the passage of this legislation, shall be governed by the laws in effect at the time the offense is committed, including but not limited to the laws on sentencing, parole, and probation.