STATEHOUSE (Jan. 20, 2012) — State Sen. Jim Tomes’ plan to provide greater supervision of violent sex offenders passed the Senate Committee on Corrections, Criminal and Civil Matters today by a 7-0 vote.
Tomes (R-Wadesville) said Senate Bill 322 would provide tort immunity for Department of Corrections (DOC) employees and contractors, restricting damage lawsuits for those who monitor or treat violent sex offenders on parole.
“Currently, contractors who create GPS devices for parolees can be sued if individuals wearing them wrongfully remove the monitoring devices,” Tomes said. “By eliminating the threat of lawsuits like these, we can redirect money that would normally be used for insurance purposes to monitor more violent sex offenders. This plan is estimated to help provide a few hundred more monitoring devices.”
Tomes said SB 322 not only relates to public safety but also to saving the state money during economic hardships.
A full copy of SB 322 can be found on the Indiana General Assembly’s website by visiting http://www.in.gov/apps/lsa/session/billwatch/billinfo?year=2012&session=1&request=getBill&doctype=SB&docno=0322.