OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-280

AN ACT REVISING THE PENALTY FOR CAPITAL FELONIES.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 3056

File Copy No.: 111

Senate Calendar No.: 113

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: See Below

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The amendment allows the death penalty for the murder committed in the course of an act of terrorism that results in the death of two or more people. If such crime was to occur after the death penalty was abolished, the amendment would results in a cost of approximately $200, 000 to the Public Defender Services Commission for each crime that occurs for additional capital related trial and appeals expenses.

The amendment would also result in costs of approximately $100, 000 per occurrence to the Division of Criminal Justice for additional prosecution related expenses.

The amendment is anticipated to preclude savings of $455, 000 to the Department of Correction for each future circumstance of murder with special circumstance that occurs in the course of an act of terrorism that results in the death of two or more people, and the offender is sentenced to death. The savings in the underlying bill results from the cost difference between housing future inmates on death row at Northern Correction Institute and housing inmates at a Level 4 facility.

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. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.