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General Assembly



February Session, 2004

LCO No. 3054



Offered by:


REP. WASSERMAN, 106th Dist.

REP. DYSON, 94th Dist.

REP. LAWLOR, 99th Dist.


To: Subst. House Bill No. 5211

File No. 528

Cal. No. 366


After the last section, add the following and renumber sections and internal references accordingly:

"Sec. 501. Section 18-87k of the general statutes, as amended by section 159 of public act 03-6 of the June 30 special session, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The commission shall: (1) Develop and recommend policies for preventing prison and jail overcrowding; (2) examine the impact of statutory provisions and current administrative policies on prison and jail overcrowding and recommend legislation to the Governor and the General Assembly; (3) annually prepare and distribute a comprehensive state criminal justice plan for preventing prison and jail overcrowding which shall include, but not be limited to, the number of persons currently involved in pretrial and postsentencing options predominantly provided through community-based agencies which minimize the number of persons requiring incarceration consistent with protection of public safety, including mediation, restitution, supervisory release and community service plans and the impact on prison populations, local communities and court caseloads. The commission shall take into account any state plans in the related areas of mental health and drug and alcohol abuse in the development of such plan. The commission shall take into account the report of the findings and recommendations of the Alternatives to Incarceration Advisory Committee established under section 158 of [this act] public act 03-6 of the June 30 special session in the development of the plan. The plan shall be submitted annually to the Governor and General Assembly on or before January fifteenth; (4) research and gather relevant statistical data and other information concerning the impact of efforts to prevent prison and jail overcrowding and make such information available to criminal justice agencies and members of the General Assembly.

(b) The commission shall establish a subcommittee on corrections behavioral health composed of the Commissioner of Correction, the Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services and a representative of The University of Connecticut Health Center having responsibility for the administration of the contract with the Department of Correction concerning the provision of health care services to inmates of the department. The subcommittee shall make recommendations to the commission concerning the provision of behavioral health services to inmates of the Department of Correction."