OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-6511

AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CONNECTICUT SENTENCING COMMISSION REGARDING THE ENHANCED PENALTY FOR THE SALE OR POSSESSION OF DRUGS NEAR SCHOOLS, DAY CARE CENTERS AND PUBLIC HOUSING PROJECTS.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 14 $

FY 15 $

Correction, Dept.

GF - Potential Savings

Up to 2.4 million

Up to 2.4 million

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill results in a potential savings of up to $2.4 million to the Department of Correction related to fewer convictions and prison sentences for violations of statutes pertaining to drug-free zones around schools, day care facilities, and public housing. By reducing the drug-free zone from 1,500 to 200 feet, as well as requiring the trier of the case to determine intent, the bill will likely reduce the number of convictions under these statutes. On average, 46 inmates are convicted under the statutes changed in the bill. It costs the state approximately $50,375 annually (including fringe benefits) to incarcerate an inmate.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation.

Sources:

Judicial Department Offenses and Revenue Database