Senate Bill No. 609
               Senate Bill No. 609

               PUBLIC ACT NO. 98-39


AN ACT CONCERNING ESCAPE FROM CUSTODY.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  53a-169  of  the  general statutes is
repealed and the following is substituted in  lieu
thereof:
    (a)  A person is guilty of escape in the first
degree (1)  if  he  escapes  from  a  correctional
institution  or  (2) if he escapes from any public
or private, nonprofit halfway house, group home or
mental  health  facility or community residence to
which he was transferred  pursuant  to  subsection
(e)  of  section 18-100 OR SECTION 18-100c or from
his abode to which he  was  released  pursuant  to
subsection  (f) of section 18-100 and he is in the
custody of the Commissioner of  Correction  or  is
required  to  be  returned  to the custody of said
commissioner upon his release from  such  facility
or  (3) if he escapes from a work detail or school
on the premises of the correctional institution or
(4)   if  he  fails  to  return  from  a  furlough
authorized under section  18-101a  or  (5)  if  he
fails  to  return  from  work release or education
release as authorized under  sections  18-90a  and
18-100  or  (6)  if he escapes from a hospital for
mental illness in which he has been confined under
the   provisions   of  section  17a-582,  17a-584,
17a-593, 17a-594 or 17a-596 or (7) if, while under
the   jurisdiction  of  the  Psychiatric  Security
Review Board, but not confined to a  hospital  for
mental   illness,  he  leaves  the  state  without
authorization of the board.
    (b)  Escape  in  the first degree is a class C
felony.

Approved May 19, 1998