OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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HB-5211

AN ACT CONCERNING PRISON OVERCROWDING.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 4682

File Copy No.: 528

House Calendar No.: 366

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 05 $

FY 06 $

Correction, Dept.

GF - Reduces Savings in Bill

See Below

See Below

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The amendment prohibits the court from departing from the mandatory minimum sentences associated with the offense of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.1 Section 22 of the original bill allowed the court to deviate from the mandatory minimum sentences for certain nonviolent offenses and thus, achieved savings by decreasing the number of incarceration bed days.2 The average daily inmate cost is about $74.

Passage of the amendment would reduce savings by minimizing the number of offenders that would not be subject to the mandatory sentence as provided in the underlying bill.

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.

1 A 1st offense carries a mandatory 48 hours of imprisonment; a 2nd offense carries a mandatory 120 days and a 3rd offense carries a mandatory 1 year.

2 About half of the 1, 300 inmates currently serving mandatory minimum sentences in the Department of Correction are for nonviolent offenses.