OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS
Legislative Office Building, Room 5200
Hartford, CT 06106 ¯ (860) 240-0200
AN ACT CONCERNING MURDER WITH SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES.
LCO No.: 5185
File Copy No.: 40
House Calendar No.: 79
OFA Fiscal Note
The amendment permits a representative of each deceased victim a reasonable opportunity to make a victim impact statement prior to the closing arguments at a hearing conducted to determine the sentence to be imposed. This could increase the likelihood that offenders are sentenced to death and, consequently, raise the cost to litigate the case on appeal. On average, it costs about $100, 000 more for the Division of Public Defender Services to appeal a case when the sentence is death as opposed to life imprisonment without release.
The preceding Fiscal Impact statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for the purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either House thereof for any purpose.