Substitute Senate Bill No. 569

Public Act No. 00-172

An Act Requiring The Evaluation Of The Costs And Benefits Of Programs Serving Juvenile Offenders.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

(NEW) (a) The Chief Court Administrator shall enter into an agreement with the Connecticut Policy and Economic Council to evaluate the costs and benefits of programs serving juvenile offenders, whether offered by private providers or state or municipal agencies, to determine the cost-effectiveness of such programs in reducing recidivism.

(b) For the purposes of subsection (a) of this section, there is established an advisory board to be composed of the Commissioner of Children and Families, the Commissioner of Correction and the Chief Court Administrator, or their designees, and the chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing committees of the General Assembly on judiciary and human services.

(c) The evaluation shall identify the types of programs that are effective and not effective in reducing criminal offending in a cost-beneficial way. The evaluation shall use uniform data collection and a common methodological approach to compare programs serving juvenile offenders. The evaluation shall include, but not be limited to, a determination of the extent to which each program:

(1) Targets diverted and adjudicated juvenile offenders;

(2) Includes assessment methods to determine services, programs, and intervention strategies most likely to change behaviors and norms of juvenile offenders;

(3) Provides maximum structured supervision in the community using natural surveillance and community guardians such as employers, relatives, teachers, clergy and community mentors to the greatest extent possible;

(4) Promotes good work ethic values and educational skills and competencies necessary for the juvenile offender to function effectively and positively in the community;

(5) Maximizes the efficient delivery of treatment services aimed at reducing risk factors associated with the commission of juvenile offenses;

(6) Maximizes the reintegration of the juvenile offender into the community upon release from confinement;

(7) Maximizes the juvenile offender's opportunities to make full restitution to the victims and amends to the community;

(8) Supports and encourages increased court discretion in imposing community-based intervention strategies;

(9) Is compatible with research that shows which prevention and early intervention strategies work with juvenile offenders;

(10) Is outcome-based in that it describes what outcomes will be achieved or what outcomes have already been achieved;

(11) Includes an evaluation component; and

(12) Recognizes the diversity of local needs.

(d) Not later than January 1, 2001, the council shall submit a preliminary report on its activities to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly on judiciary and human services.

Approved June 1, 2000