OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-1062

AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CONNECTICUT SENTENCING COMMISSION REGARDING THE SENTENCING OF A CHILD CONVICTED OF A FELONY OFFENSE.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 14 $

FY 15 $

Correction, Dept.

GF - Potential Savings

See Below

See Below

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill makes various changes that do not result in a fiscal impact including requiring the court to consider certain factors when sentencing a juvenile and requiring the Judicial Department Court Support Services Division (CSSD) to create reference materials on adolescent psychology and brain development to assist courts at sentencing. It is anticipated that CSSD can do so with current resources and does not result in a fiscal impact.

Retroactively eliminating life sentences for juveniles for specific offenses are anticipated to result in a minimal savings to the Department of Correction. There are approximately 20 juveniles currently sentenced to life imprisonment, and to the extent that newly eligible inmates are released the agency will realize savings. In addition, to the extent that future sentences are shorter than under current statute, the agency will realize additional minimal savings in the future.

The Out Years

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

Sources:

Department of Correction Current Inmate Database