OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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HB-6849

AN ACT STRENGTHENING PROTECTIONS FOR VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 16 $

FY 17 $

Correction, Dept.; Judicial Dept. (Probation)

GF - Potential Cost

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Judicial Dept.

GF/CICF - Potential Cost

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Note: GF=General Fund; CICF=Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill expands the crime of human trafficking, a class B felony. This may result in a cost to the Department of Correction for incarceration and the Judicial Department for probation. To the extent that offenders are prosecuted for new or expanded offenses under this bill, potential costs for probation and supervision in the community or incarceration would result.  On average, it costs the agency $6,050 (including benefits) to supervise an inmate in the community as opposed to $50,690 (including benefits) to incarcerate an offender. However there have been no charges for the past five years.

The bill also waives the statute of limitations for applying for victim compensation from the Judicial Department Office of Victim Services when the victim is a minor who is a victim of human trafficking. To the extent that such victims were previously not receiving the award due to the lapse of the statute of limitations, the bill may result in a cost to the Judicial Department. The maximum award is $15,000 for personal injury and $25,000 for death.  

The bill requires the Department of Public Health (DPH) to provide victims of human trafficking the same services the agency currently provides to other victims of sexual assault. DPH serves over 20,000 victims of sexual assault annually. The anticipated increase of less than 100 individuals who would be eligible for DPH services minimally increases the agency's workload and therefore results in no fiscal impact.

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