Date of enactment: April 27, 1998
1997 Assembly Bill 342 Date of publication*: May 11, 1998
* Section 991.11, Wisconsin Statutes 1995-96: Effective date of acts. "Every act and every portion of an act enacted by the legislature over the governor's partial veto which does not expressly prescribe the time when it takes effect shall take effect on the day after its date of publication as designated" by the secretary of state [the date of publication may not be more than 10 working days after the date of enactment].
1997 WISCONSIN ACT 181
An Act to repeal 950.04 (6), 950.04 (10), 950.045, 950.05 (title), 950.05 (1) (intro.), 950.05 (2), 950.06 (1), 950.06 (2m) and 972.14 (1) (a); to renumber 950.04 (2), 950.04 (3), 950.04 (5), 950.04 (7) and 950.05 (1) (a) to (i); to renumber and amend 906.15, 950.02 (4), 950.04 (intro.), 950.04 (1), 950.04 (2m), 950.04 (4), 950.04 (8) and 950.04 (9); to amend 51.37 (10) (dg), 301.046 (4) (b) (intro.), 301.048 (4m) (b) (intro.), 301.38 (2) (intro.), 301.46 (3) (b), 302.115 (2) (intro.), 303.068 (4m) (b) (intro.), 304.06 (1) (c) (intro.), 304.063 (2) (intro.), 304.09 (3), 938.02 (21), 938.24 (5), 938.27 (4m), 938.273 (2), 938.31 (2), 938.315 (2), 938.32 (1) (b) 1., 938.32 (1) (b) 2., 938.331, 938.335 (3m) (a), 938.335 (3m) (b), 938.346 (1) (d) 1., 938.346 (1m), 938.346 (3), 938.346 (4), 938.346 (5), 938.396 (1g), 938.396 (1t), 938.396 (2) (f), 938.396 (2) (fm), 938.51 (1) (intro.), 938.51 (1) (c), 938.51 (1m), 938.51 (2), 938.51 (4) (intro.), 938.51 (4) (a), 950.02 (1m), 950.055 (2) (intro.), 950.055 (3), 950.06 (title), 950.06 (2), 950.06 (4), 950.08 (title), 950.08 (3), 971.17 (4m) (b), 971.17 (6m) (b), 972.14 (3) (a), 972.14 (3) (b), 972.15 (2m), 980.11 (2) (intro.), 980.11 (2) (am) (intro.) and 980.11 (2) (bm); and to create 15.255 (2), 906.15 (2) (d), 938.02 (20m), 938.067 (6g), 938.24 (5m), 938.245 (1m), 938.25 (2m), 938.265, 938.296 (1) (e), 938.2965, 938.30 (4m), 938.312, 938.32 (1) (am), 938.32 (1) (b) 1m., 938.335 (3m) (am), 938.346 (1) (em), 938.346 (1) (fm), 938.346 (1) (h), 950.02 (1t), 950.02 (2m), 950.02 (3m), 950.02 (4) (a) 2., 3., 4. and 5., 950.02 (4) (b), 950.04 (1v), 950.04 (2w) (f), 950.06 (1m) (intro.), 950.08 (1) (title), 950.08 (2) (title), 950.08 (2g), (2r) and (2s), 950.09, 950.095, 950.10, 950.11, 967.10, 971.08 (1) (d), 971.095, 971.10 (3) (b) 3., 971.315, 972.14 (1) (ag) and 972.14 (2m) of the statutes; relating to: rights of victims of crime, granting rule-making authority and providing a penalty.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do enact as follows:
181,1 Section 1. 15.255 (2) of the statutes is created to read:
15.255 (2) Crime victims rights board. (a) There is created a crime victims rights board which is attached to the department of justice under s. 15.03.
(b) The crime victims rights board shall be composed of 5 members as follows:
1. One district attorney holding office in this state.
2. One representative of local law enforcement in this state.
3. One person who is employed or contracted by a county board of supervisors under s. 950.06 to provide services for victims and witnesses of crimes.
4. Two members, not employed in law enforcement, by a district attorney or as specified in subd. 3., who are citizens of this state.
(c) The members of the crime victims rights board specified in par. (b) 2. and 3. shall be appointed by the attorney general. One of the members specified in par. (b) 4. shall be appointed by the crime victims council and the other member shall be appointed by the governor. The member specified in par. (b) 1. shall be appointed by the Wisconsin District Attorneys' Association.
(d) The members of the crime victims rights board under par. (a) shall be appointed for 4-year terms, but no member shall serve beyond the time when the member ceases to hold the office or employment by reason of which the member was initially eligible for appointment.
(e) Notwithstanding the provisions of any statute, ordinance, local law or charter provision, membership on the crime victims rights board does not disqualify any member from holding any other public office or employment, or cause the forfeiture thereof.
181,2 Section 2. 51.37 (10) (dg) of the statutes is amended to read:
51.37 (10) (dg) If the department grants a patient an extended home visit or leave under this subsection, the department shall notify do all of the following, if they can be found, in accordance with par. (dm):
1. The Notify the office of the judge who committed the patient.
2. The Notify the office of the district attorney who participated in the commitment proceedings.
3. The Make a reasonable attempt to notify the victim of the crime committed by the patient or, if the victim died as a result of the crime, an adult member of the victim's family or, if the victim is younger than 18 years old, the victim's parent or legal guardian, after the submission of a card under par. (dx) requesting notification.
181,3 Section 3. 301.046 (4) (b) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
301.046 (4) (b) (intro.) Before a prisoner is confined under sub. (1) for a violation of s. 940.03, 940.05, 940.225 (1) or (2), 948.02 (1) or (2), 948.025, 948.06 or 948.07, the department shall make a reasonable effort attempt to notify all of the following persons, if they can be found, in accordance with par. (c) and after receiving a completed card under par. (d):
181,4 Section 4. 301.048 (4m) (b) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
301.048 (4m) (b) (intro.) As soon as possible after a prisoner, probationer or parolee who has violated s. 940.03, 940.05, 940.225 (1) or (2), 948.02 (1) or (2), 948.025, 948.06 or 948.07 enters the intensive sanctions program, the department shall make a reasonable effort attempt to notify all of the following persons, if they can be found, in accordance with par. (c) and after receiving a completed card under par. (d):
181,5 Section 5. 301.38 (2) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
301.38 (2) (intro.) If a prisoner escapes from a Type 1 prison, the department shall make a reasonable effort attempt to notify all of the following persons, if they can be found, in accordance with sub. (3) and after receiving a completed card under sub. (4):
181,6 Section 6. 301.46 (3) (b) of the statutes, as created by 1995 Wisconsin Act 440, is amended to read:
301.46 (3) (b) When a person is registered under s. 301.45 (2) or when the person informs the department of a change in information under s. 301.45 (4), the department shall make a reasonable attempt to notify the victim or a member of the victim's family who has, according to the records of the department or the information provided under par. (d), requested to be notified about a person required to register under s. 301.45.
181,7 Section 7. 302.115 (2) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
302.115 (2) (intro.) Before an inmate who is in a prison serving a sentence for a violation of s. 940.01, 940.03, 940.05, 940.225 (1) or (2), 948.02 (1) or (2), 948.025, 948.06 or 948.07 is released from imprisonment because he or she has reached the expiration date of his or her sentence, the department shall make a reasonable effort attempt to notify all of the following persons, if they can be found, in accordance with sub. (3) and after receiving a completed card under sub. (4):
181,8 Section 8. 303.068 (4m) (b) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
303.068 (4m) (b) (intro.) Before an inmate who is imprisoned for a violation of s. 940.01, 940.03, 940.05, 940.225 (1) or (2), 948.02 (1) or (2), 948.025, 948.06 or 948.07 is released on leave under this section, the department shall make a reasonable effort attempt to notify all of the following persons, if they can be found, in accordance with par. (c) and after receiving a completed card under par. (d):
181,9 Section 9. 304.06 (1) (c) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
304.06 (1) (c) (intro.) If an inmate applies for parole under this subsection, the parole commission shall make a reasonable attempt to notify the following, if they can be found, in accordance with par. (d):
181,10 Section 10. 304.063 (2) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
304.063 (2) (intro.) Before a prisoner is released on parole under s. 302.11, 304.02 or 304.06, if applicable, for a violation of s. 940.01, 940.03, 940.05, 940.225 (1) or (2), 948.02 (1) or (2), 948.025, 948.06 or 948.07, the department shall make a reasonable effort attempt to notify all of the following persons, if they can be found, in accordance with sub. (3) and after receiving a completed card under sub. (4):
181,11 Section 11. 304.09 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
304.09 (3) The notice shall inform the persons under sub. (2) of the manner in which they may provide written statements or participate in any applicable hearing. The applicant shall serve notice on the persons under sub. (2) (a) and (b) and the at least 3 weeks before the hearing of the application. The governor shall make a reasonable attempt to serve notice on the person under sub. (2) (c). Each such notice shall be served at least 3 weeks before the hearing of the application. The notice shall be published at least once each week for 2 successive weeks before the hearing in a newspaper of general circulation in the county where the offense was committed. If there is no such newspaper, the notice shall be posted in a conspicuous place on the door of the courthouse of the county for 3 weeks before the hearing and published once each week for 2 consecutive weeks before the hearing in a newspaper published in an adjoining county. Publication as required in this subsection shall be completed by a date designated by the governor. The date shall be a reasonable time prior to the hearing date.
181,12 Section 12. 906.15 of the statutes is renumbered 906.15 (1) and amended to read:
906.15 (1) At the request of a party, the judge or court commissioner shall order witnesses excluded so that they cannot hear the testimony of other witnesses, and the . The judge or court commissioner may also make the order of his or her own motion. This section
(2) Subsection (1) does not authorize exclusion of (1) a any of the following:
(a) A party who is a natural person, or (2) an.
(b) An officer or employe of a party which is not a natural person designated as its representative by its attorney, or (3) a.
(c) A person whose presence is shown by a party to be essential to the presentation of the party's cause.
(3) The judge or court commissioner may direct that all such excluded and non-excluded witnesses be kept separate until called and may prevent them from communicating with one another until they have been examined or the hearing is ended.
181,13 Section 13. 906.15 (2) (d) of the statutes is created to read:
906.15 (2) (d) A victim, as defined in s. 950.02 (4), in a criminal case or a victim, as defined in s. 938.02 (20m), in a delinquency proceeding under ch. 938, unless the judge or court commissioner finds that exclusion of the victim is necessary to provide a fair trial for the defendant or a fair fact-finding hearing for the juvenile. The presence of a victim during the testimony of other witnesses may not by itself be a basis for a finding that exclusion of the victim is necessary to provide a fair trial for the defendant or a fair fact-finding hearing for the juvenile.
181,14 Section 14. 938.02 (20m) of the statutes is created to read:
938.02 (20m) (a) "Victim" means any of the following:
1. A person against whom a delinquent act has been committed.
2. If the person specified in subd. 1. is a child, a parent, guardian or legal custodian of the child.
3. If a person specified in subd. 1. is physically or emotionally unable to exercise the rights granted under this chapter, s. 950.04 or article I, section 9m, of the Wisconsin constitution, a person designated by the person specified in subd. 1. or a family member, as defined in s. 950.02 (3), of the person specified in subd. 1.
4. If a person specified in subd. 1. is deceased, any of the following:
a. A family member, as defined in s. 950.02 (3), of the person who is deceased.
b. A person who resided with the person who is deceased.
5. If a person specified in subd. 1. has been determined to be incompetent under ch. 880, the guardian of the person appointed under ch. 880.
(b) "Victim" does not include a juvenile alleged to have committed the delinquent act.
181,15 Section 15. 938.02 (21) of the statutes is amended to read:
938.02 (21) "Victim-witness coordinator" means a person employed or contracted by the county board of supervisors under s. 950.06 to enforce the rights of victims and witnesses of crimes and to provide services for those the victims and witnesses of crimes or a person employed or contracted by the department of justice to provide the services specified in s. 950.08.
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