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LCO No.: 4964

File Copy No.: 436

House Calendar No.: 460

Senate Calendar No.: 265

OFA Fiscal Note


The amendment provides for a mandatory minimum prison sentence of life imprisonment without parole for any person convicted of a third persistent dangerous felony offense.

There are currently 265 offenders under the custody of the Department of Correction (DOC) who meet the criteria to be persistent dangerous felony offenders and are eligible for a life sentence. Additionally, there are 22 crimes that would be subject to the amendment's provisions. Currently, there are 4, 612 inmates convicted for at least one of these 22 crimes. It is unknown how many offenders had previous convictions and could be affected by the amendment. However, to the extent that one offender is sentenced to a year longer sentence, the resulting cost would be $44, 165 annually.

The Division of Criminal Justice and Public Defender Services Commission would need more staff to handle the estimated increase in trials (and subsequent appeals/habeas proceedings) under the amendment. It is anticipated that five additional positions would need to be added to these agencies. The annual cost of these positions, including salaries, fringe benefits, and expenses, is estimated to be $602, 000.

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 chamber thereof for any purpose.