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Summary: HB 1620 adds burglary with intent to commit a sexual offense to the list of offenses for which a judge cannot grant community supervision and to the list of offenses that makes an inmate ineligible for early parole.
Analysis: HB 1620 is not a case of overcriminalization because a prosecutor would have to prove the burglar intended to commit a sexual offense. Proving intent is a high barrier to wrongful conviction. This legislation would require a higher level of responsibility for an individual who burglarized a home with the intent of committing a sexual offense. We support this legislation.