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Title 28 : Public Institutions and Corrections

Chapter 007 : Parole

Subchapter 004 : Revocation of Parole

(Cite as: 28 V.S.A. § 551)
  • § 551. Issuance of warrant; arrest without a warrant; confinement pending hearing; authority of correctional officers and law enforcement officers

    (a) Parole Board warrant. The Board may issue a warrant for the arrest of a parolee, or may issue an order, to be served personally upon the parolee, requiring him or her to appear before the Board, if the Board has reason to believe that a violation of parole has occurred. The warrant shall authorize any law enforcement officers and any correctional officers to return the person to the custody of a correctional facility.

    (b) Fugitive from justice. A parolee for whose return a warrant has been issued by the Board, if it is found that a warrant cannot be served, shall be considered to be a fugitive from justice or to have fled from justice.

    (c) Arrest of person on parole. Any correctional officer designated by the Commissioner may arrest a parolee without a warrant if, in the judgment of the correctional officer, the person has violated a condition of his or her parole; or may deputize any other law enforcement officer to do so by giving him or her a written statement setting forth that the parolee has, in the judgment of the correctional officer, violated a condition or conditions of his or her parole. The written statement delivered with the person by the arresting officer to the supervising officer of the correctional facility to which the person is brought for detention shall be sufficient warrant for detaining him or her.

    (d) No right of action. Any parolee arrested and detained in accordance with the provisions of this chapter shall have no right of action against any law enforcement officer, correctional officer, employee of the Department of Corrections, or any other persons because of such arrest and detention.

    (e) Detention pending hearing for parolee. Pending a hearing on the merits upon any charge of violation, the parolee shall continue to be detained at a correctional facility. The Parole Board may authorize the parolee’s release from detention in accordance with the procedures set forth in 13 V.S.A. § 7554. For the purposes of this section, judicial officer, as defined in 13 V.S.A. § 7554(f), shall include the Chair of the Parole Board or his or her designee. There shall be no right to bail or release. (Added 1971, No. 199 (Adj. Sess.), § 20; amended 1973, No. 205 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 1997, No. 148 (Adj. Sess.), § 89, eff. April 29, 1998; 1997, No. 152 (Adj. Sess.), § 3.)