Rod Boshart
Published: January 28 2014 | 12:46 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 2:46 am in

A House subcommittee took the initial step Tuesday of expanding the list of law officers and others protected under the statute defining interfering with official acts to include jailers. House Study Bill 503 provides that a person under the custody, control or supervision of a county jail or one of 11 municipal holding facilities who knowingly resists, obstructs or interferes with a jailer, agent, employee or contractor in the performance of their official duties commits interference with official acts. The criminal offense ranges from a serious misdemeanor punishable with up to one year in prison to a class C felony carrying a penalty of up to 10 years in prison. Lobbyists for law enforcement agencies said the change would give jailers the same protection as other officers in detention facilities. “This bill is criminal code clutter,” countered Marty Ryan of the Justice Reform Consortium in opposing the measure that was passed to the House Judiciary Committee on a 3-0 verdict.


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