SB 358

83(R) - 2013
Criminal Justice

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

Bill Caption

Relating to the use of a polygraph statement as evidence that a defendant has violated a condition of release on community supervision.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication is anticipated on the State or local governments.

Bill Analysis

Summary: Individuals on probation often have to submit to a polygraph test and be questioned about their probation. Generally, American courts tend to refuse polygraph results as evidence. SB 358 would prohibit a judge from proceeding with an adjudication of guilt for an individual on probation based on polygraph results. Additionally, this bill would prohibit a parole panel from revoking parole based solely on polygraph results.

Analysis: By prohibiting polygraph results from being used as evidence, individuals who are on probation or parole and have compiled with the requirements will not be incarcerated on dubious grounds. However, SB 358 does not fall under any of our liberty principles, and we remain neutral.