Connecticut Seal

General Assembly

Amendment

 

February Session, 2004

LCO No. 4791

   
 

*HB0521104791HDO*

Offered by:

 

REP. GREEN, 1st 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. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2004) The Chief Court Administrator shall, within available resources, conduct a demonstration project for a period of three years in one or two court locations in which a Youthful Offender Unit shall be established with jurisdiction over cases involving a youth in crisis, as defined in section 46b-120 of the general statutes, or a youthful offender, as defined in section 54-76b of the general statutes, as amended, provided such demonstration project shall have a caseload of not more than two hundred forty cases.

Sec. 502. (NEW) (Effective January 1, 2005) (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 46b-121 of the general statutes and section 46b-150f of the general statutes, as amended, for a period of three years from the effective date of this section in any court location in which a Youthful Offender Unit has been established pursuant to section 501 of this act, a petition alleging a youth is a youth in crisis shall be filed with such unit.

(b) Upon determination that a youth is a youth in crisis in accordance with policies established by the Chief Court Administrator, the Youthful Offender Unit may, with the consent of the youth and the parents or guardian of such youth after consultation with available counsel, if requested, refer the youth to a service provider under contract with the Court Support Services Division for the performance of an assessment of such youth and such youth's family to determine the needs of such youth and family and the availability of community-based programs and services to meet those needs. Based upon such assessment, the division may offer age-appropriate, community-based programs and services for such youth and such youth's family which may include educational, vocational, behavioral health, mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment programs and services. The youth and the parents or guardian of such youth may accept or decline the offer of services. If the youth and the parents or guardian of such youth, after consultation with available counsel if requested, agrees to accept any such offer of services, any violation of that agreement by the youth shall not constitute a delinquent act and shall not be punished by detention or incarceration.

Sec. 503. (NEW) (Effective January 1, 2005) (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 54-76b to 54-76o, inclusive, of the general statutes, as amended, for a period of three years from the effective date of this section in any court location in which a Youthful Offender Unit has been established pursuant to section 501 of this act, motions to be adjudged a youthful offender shall be made to such unit and all proceedings concerning the determination of that motion, the adjudication of a youth as a youthful offender and the disposition of such youth upon such adjudication shall be handled by such unit.

(b) The Youthful Offender Unit may refer a youth adjudicated a youthful offender to the Court Support Services Division for the performance of an assessment of such youth to determine the needs of such youth and the availability of community-based programs and services to meet those needs. Based upon such assessment, the division shall offer age-appropriate, community-based programs and services for such youth which may include educational, vocational, mental health, behavioral health and substance abuse prevention and treatment programs and services.

(c) Any youth adjudicated a youthful offender who is sentenced to a period of probation shall be supervised by a youthful offender probation officer who shall have a caseload of not more than sixty youths. Any youth adjudicated a youthful offender who is sentenced to a term of imprisonment shall be placed in an age-appropriate facility.

Sec. 504. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2004) The Chief Court Administrator shall annually evaluate the demonstration project conducted pursuant to section 501 of this act and, not later than January 1, 2006, January 1, 2007, and January 1, 2008, report the results of such evaluation and any recommendations for legislation to the joint standing or select committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to corrections and children, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. "