LANSING—Sen. John Proos recently introduced legislation to protect public safety by allowing increased supervision of parolees by police officers.
“This legislation would provide more supervision of parolees and better protection of our communities by allowing police officers to perform searches of the more than 18,000 parolees in Michigan at any time and without first needing to get a warrant,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph.
Upon release from prison, offenders released into the supervision of the parole system are required to provide written consent to submit to a search of their persons or property upon the demand of a parole officer. Parole officers are currently the only individuals authorized to search parolees without obtaining a warrant. Senate Bill 1315 would grant law enforcement officials this same search authority.
“We owe it to all Michigan families that the state will properly supervise every criminal released back into our communities on parole,” Proos said. “Increased supervision of our parolees is especially important in light of recent reports highlighting deadly attacks by paroled offenders – including the murder of 69-year-old JoAnn Eisenhardt, who was stabbed in the neck by a parolee in Macomb County last year.”
A seven-month Detroit Free Press investigation found the Michigan Department of Corrections failed to properly supervise some of the state’s parolees.
“This reform will empower our local police to keep Southwest Michigan families safe by ensuring parolees are abiding by their release requirements,” Proos said. “It will also help us maintain safety in a cost-effective manner as we continue to work to bring Michigan’s prison costs in line with those of surrounding states.”
SB 1315 has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration.
Editor’s Note – Audio comments by Sen. Proos are available on the senator’s website at www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Podcasts.”