OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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SB-1062

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

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 6871

File Copy No.: 681

Senate Calendar No.: 490


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 14 $

FY 15 $

Correction, Dept.; Pub. Defender Serv. Com.

GF - Cost

See Below

See Below

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The amendment reinstates the death penalty for violation of statutes pertaining to murder of two or more persons in the course of an act of terrorism. There are few violations of this crime, but to the extent that future violations occur and the death penalty is sought and obtained, the costs to the Public Defenders and the Department of Correction would be significant. On average, it costs the Department of Correction approximately $455,000 more to execute an inmate than to imprison one for life. Additionally, the Public Defenders would incur costs ranging from $20,000 to $600,000 over the course of the case dependent on the complexity of the case.

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.