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Amendment

 

February Session, 2006

LCO No. 5072

   
 

*HB0578105072HDO*

Offered by:

 

REP. LAWLOR, 99th Dist.

 

To: Subst. House Bill No. 5781

File No. 503

Cal. No. 338

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

"Sec. 501. (Effective July 1, 2006) (a) There is established a Connecticut Sentencing Task Force to review criminal justice and sentencing policies and laws of this state for the purpose of creating a more just, effective and efficient system of criminal sentencing.

(b) The task force shall be composed of the following members:

(1) The chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly on the judiciary;

(2) Two judges of the superior court, each of whom shall have been a judge for at least ten years and have at least five years experience presiding over cases in judicial district criminal courts, appointed by the Chief Court Administrator;

(3) Two state's attorneys each of whom shall have at least ten years experience as a prosecuting attorney and at least five years experience prosecuting cases in judicial district criminal courts, appointed by the Chief State's Attorney;

(4) Two public defenders each of whom shall have at least ten years experience as a public defender and at least five years experience representing defendants in judicial district criminal courts, appointed by the Chief Public Defender;

(5) Two criminal defense lawyers each of whom shall have at least fifteen years experience representing defendants in criminal cases, one of whom shall be appointed by the criminal justice section of the Connecticut Bar Association and one of whom shall be appointed by the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association;

(6) The executive director of the Court Support Services Division of the Judicial Branch or the executive director's designee;

(7) The Commissioner of Correction or the commissioner's designee;

(8) The Chairperson of the Board of Pardons and Paroles or the chairperson's designee;

(9) The Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services or the commissioner's designee;

(10) The Victim Advocate or the Victim Advocate's designee;

(11) The undersecretary of the Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division within the Office of Policy and Management;

(12) An assistant attorney general, appointed by the Attorney General;

(13) Three municipal police chiefs, one of whom shall represent an urban area, one of whom shall represent a suburban area and one of whom shall represent a rural area, appointed by the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association; and

(14) Six members of the General Assembly, appointed one each by the president pro tempore of the Senate, the speaker of the House of Representatives, the majority leader of the Senate, the majority leader of the House of Representatives, the minority leader of the Senate and the minority leader of the House of Representatives.

(c) The chairpersons of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly on the judiciary shall serve as chairpersons of the task force.

(d) The task force shall:

(1) Identify overarching criminal justice and sentencing goals and policies;

(2) Define current sentencing models including sentencing guidelines, criteria, exemptions and enhancements;

(3) Analyze sentencing trends by offense types and offender characteristics;

(4) Review the actual versus intended impact of sentencing policies;

(5) Determine the direct and indirect costs associated with sentencing policies;

(6) Review the fines and terms of imprisonment specified for violations of criminal statutes that are classified or unclassified felonies or misdemeanors and make recommendations including, but not limited to: (A) Whether crimes that are currently unclassified should be classified; (B) whether certain classified crimes should be reclassified or the penalties for certain unclassified crimes should be revised in order to make the penalties for similar crimes more uniform; (C) whether the penalty or type of penalty for certain crimes should be revised or eliminated where such penalty or type of penalty is no longer deemed necessary or appropriate or is disproportionate to the severity of the crime; and (D) whether crimes that are obsolete should be repealed; and

(7) Make any recommendations for the revision of criminal justice and sentencing policies as deemed necessary.

(e) The Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division within the Office of Policy and Management shall assist the task force by providing criminal justice data, analyses and technical assistance necessary for the task force to carry out its duties.

(f) The task force may request any office, department, board, commission or other agency of the state to supply such reports, information and assistance as may be necessary or appropriate in order for the task force to carry out its duties. Each officer or employee of such office, department, board, commission or other agency of the state is authorized and directed to cooperate with the task force and to furnish such reports, information and assistance.

(g) The task force shall report its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly on the judiciary in accordance with section 11-4a of the general statutes not later than December 1, 2008. The task force shall terminate upon the completion of its duties. "