MOUNT VERNON — What happens when a felon completes a prison sentence? Are his or her rights restored? Do they have any further restrictions?
For the most part, when a sentence is completed, whether prison or community control, a felon’s rights are restored. They can vote and serve on juries. They may have restrictions on firearms ownership and they may still have suspended driver’s licenses.
According to the Public Information Office of the Parole and Community Service Division of the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, when a felon completes their sentence, including any parole or probation time involved, the felon no longer comes under the department’s supervision, including not having to report where he or she lives or works.
Victims are notified when a felon is due for release.
If they are considered sex offenders or arsonists, they may face additional years of having to report where they are living and, in the case of sex offenders, not living in certain areas.
If a felon is considered a sex offender, they may have to report their place of residence to the local sheriff’s department every 180 days for 15 years, 25 years or life, depending on whether they are classified as a Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 3 offender. The law also provides that the sheriff must notify all residents of a neighborhood who live within 1,000 feet of a Tier 3 sex offender’s home address. They must also notify schools, registered daycare providers and other law enforcement agencies within the county any time a Tier 3 sex offender moves.
This is the more familiar registry, the registry created in 1997 when “Megan’s Law” was passed, and then updated in 2007 with “Adam’s Law.” The registry can be used by the public to determine if a registered sex offender lives within a mile of a given address.
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