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H.R. 1039 - Probation Officer Protection Act of 2017

Introduced: 2017-05-22
Bill Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
 

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The expanded summary of the House reported version is repeated here.)

Probation Officer Protection Act of 2017

(Sec. 2) This bill amends the federal criminal code to authorize a probation officer to arrest a person (i.e., a person other than the probationer) without a warrant if there is probable cause to believe the person forcibly assaulted or obstructed a probation officer engaged in the performance of official duties.

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115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 1039


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 22, 2017

    Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


AN ACT

    To amend section 3606 of title 18, United States Code, to grant probation officers authority to arrest hostile third parties who obstruct or impede a probation officer in the performance of official duties.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Probation Officer Protection Act of 2017”.

SEC. 2. Authority of probation officers.

(a) In general.—Section 3606 of title 18, United States Code, is amended—

(1) in the heading, by striking “and return of a probationer” and by inserting “authority of probation officers”;

(2) by striking “If there” and inserting “(a) If there”; and

(3) by adding at the end the following:

“(b) A probation officer, while in the performance of his or her official duties, may arrest a person without a warrant if there is probable cause to believe that the person has forcibly assaulted, resisted, opposed, impeded, intimidated, or interfered with the probation officer, or a fellow probation officer, in violation of section 111. The arrest authority described in this subsection shall be exercised under such rules and regulations as the Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts shall prescribe.”.

(b) Table of sections.—The table of sections for subchapter A of chapter 229 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by striking the item relating to section 3606 and inserting the following:

“3606. Arrest authority of probation officers.”.

Passed the House of Representatives May 19, 2017.

    Attest:karen l. haas,   
    Clerk

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