OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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SB-796

AN ACT CONCERNING LENGTHY SENTENCES FOR CRIMES COMMITTED BY A CHILD OR YOUTH AND THE SENTENCING OF A CHILD OR YOUTH CONVICTED OF CERTAIN FELONY OFFENSES.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 16 $

FY 17 $

Correction, Dept.

GF - Potential Savings

See Below

See Below

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

Expanding parole eligibility for inmates convicted for a crime committed when they were under the age of 18 and sentenced to more than 10 years in prison may result in savings to the Department of Correction. To the extent that more inmates are granted parole, the agency will shift costs from incarceration to supervision in the community. On average, it saves approximately $30,000 per inmate annually to supervise an inmate under parole instead of incarcerating them. There are currently approximately 350 inmates who fit the criteria of this bill.

In addition, the bill requires a parole hearing for inmates who meet the eligibility requirement, and a counsel to be appointed by the Office of the Chief Public Defender for indigent clients. It is anticipated that the Public Defender Services will be able to comply with this provision without additional resources and does not result in a fiscal impact.

This bill requires the court to consider certain factors when sentencing a juvenile and 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 without parole for juveniles for specific offenses are anticipated to result in a minimal savings to the Department of Correction because there are few current inmates to whom the change applies and future offenders will receive shorter sentences.

The Out Years

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