Substitute House Bill No. 5892
          Substitute House Bill No. 5892

               PUBLIC ACT NO. 97-52


AN   ACT   INCREASING   THE   MAXIMUM  REWARD  FOR
INFORMATION LEADING TO THE ARREST  AND  CONVICTION
OF FELONY OFFENDERS.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  54-48  of  the  general  statutes  is
repealed and the following is substituted in  lieu
thereof:
    When   any   crime   punishable  by  death  or
imprisonment for  more  than  one  year  has  been
committed,  the  Governor, upon application of the
state's attorney  for  the  judicial  district  in
which  it has been committed, may offer, publicly,
a reward not  exceeding  [twenty]  FIFTY  thousand
dollars,  to  the  person  who  gives  information
leading to the arrest and conviction of the guilty
person,  or,  if such guilty person has fled after
conviction of a felony in a court of  this  state,
to the person who gives information leading to the
arrest  and  detention  of  the  convicted  felon,
whether found within the state or elsewhere, which
reward shall be paid to the informer by the state,
by order of the court before which such conviction
is had.

Approved May 14, 1997