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Substitute Bill No. 6976

    January Session, 2005

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AN ACT CONCERNING CRIMINAL JUSTICE PLANNING.

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

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2005) (a) There is established a Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division within the Office of Policy and Management. The division shall be under the direction of an undersecretary who, notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (b) of section 4-65a of the general statutes, shall be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the General Assembly.

(b) The division shall develop a plan to promote a more effective and cohesive state criminal justice system and, to accomplish such plan, shall:

(1) Conduct an in-depth analysis of the criminal justice system;

(2) Determine the long-range needs of the criminal justice system and recommend policy priorities for the system;

(3) Identify critical problems in the criminal justice system and recommend strategies to solve those problems;

(4) Assess the cost-effectiveness of the use of state and local funds in the criminal justice system;

(5) Recommend means to improve the deterrent and rehabilitative capabilities of the criminal justice system;

(6) Advise and assist the General Assembly in developing plans, programs and proposed legislation for improving the effectiveness of the criminal justice system;

(7) Make computations of daily costs and compare interagency costs on services provided by agencies that are a part of the criminal justice system;

(8) Make population computations for use in planning for the long-range needs of the criminal justice system;

(9) Determine long-range information needs of the criminal justice system and acquire that information;

(10) Cooperate with the Office of the Victim Advocate by providing information and assistance to the office relating to the improvement of crime victims' services;

(11) Serve as the liaison for the state to the United States Department of Justice on criminal justice issues of interest to the state and federal government relating to data, information systems and research;

(12) Measure the success of community-based services and programs in reducing recidivism;

(13) Compare the prison population projections contained in the 2000 Annual Report of the Prison and Jail Overcrowding Commission to the actual prison population on the effective date of this section and determine the amount of savings inuring to the benefit of the state on account of the actual prison population being less than such projected prison population, and make recommendations as to the manner in which a portion of such cost savings may be reinvested in community-based services and programs and community supervision by probation and parole officers in order to maintain that reduction in projected prison population; and

(14) Engage in other activities consistent with the responsibilities of the division.

(c) In addition to the division's other duties under this section, the division may perform any function described in subsection (b) of this section to promote an effective and cohesive juvenile justice system.

(d) In the performance of its duties under this section, the division shall collaborate with the Department of Correction, the Board of Pardons and Paroles, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Department of Public Safety and consult with the Chief Court Administrator, the executive director of the Court Support Services Division of the Judicial Branch, the Chief State's Attorney and the Chief Public Defender.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2005) In setting the priorities for the research projects of the division, the undersecretary shall consult with the Governor, the president pro tempore of the Senate, the speaker of the House of Representatives and the chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to criminal justice and appropriations and the budgets of state agencies.

Sec. 3. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2005) Each month the division shall determine the following information: (1) The number and percentage of inmates released on parole or other community supervision; and (2) the number of inmates released to and from a halfway house or other community-based program or service.

Sec. 4. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2005) Not later than January fifteenth of each year, the division shall report to the Governor, the Prison and Jail Overcrowding Commission and the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to criminal justice and appropriations and the budgets of state agencies, in accordance with section 11-4a of the general statutes, on the number and percentage of inmates released on parole or other community supervision in the preceding calendar year and the projected prison bed capacity and prison population for the next fiscal year.

Sec. 5. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2005) Not later than February fifteenth of each year, the division shall submit a report, in accordance with section 11-4a of the general statutes, and make a presentation to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to criminal justice and appropriations and the budgets of state agencies concerning its activities and recommendations under section 1 of this act and specifying the actions necessary to promote an effective and cohesive criminal justice system.

Sec. 6. Section 18-87j of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2005):

There is established a Commission on Prison and Jail Overcrowding which shall be within the Office of Policy and Management for administrative purposes only. The commission shall consist of the undersecretary of the Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division of the Office of Policy and Management, the Chief Court Administrator, the Commissioner of Correction, the Commissioner of Public Safety, the Chief State's Attorney, the Chief Public Defender, the Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the chairperson of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, or their designees, the executive director of the Court Support Services Division or other designee of the Chief Court Administrator and the following members, each of whom shall be appointed by the Governor: Three government officials, a police chief, two persons representing offender and victim services within the private community and two public members. [The Governor shall appoint a chairperson from among the members of the commission.] The undersecretary of the Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division shall serve as chairperson of the commission. The commission shall meet at such times as it deems necessary.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2005

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Sec. 2

July 1, 2005

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Sec. 3

July 1, 2005

New section

Sec. 4

July 1, 2005

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Sec. 5

July 1, 2005

New section

Sec. 6

July 1, 2005

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