Committee on Children

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-863

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING JUVENILE JUSTICE RISK AND NEEDS ASSESSMENTS.

Vote Date:

2/26/2015

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

2/17/2015

File No.:

50

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Committee on Children

REASONS FOR BILL:

Update current statute to be gender inclusive.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Department of Children and Families: Supports this amendment to 46b-140. Currently the needs assessment for delinquent youth placement applies to male juveniles, but females are currently assessed as well. This update will conform to current practice.

Christine Rapillo, Office of the Chief Public Defender: Testified in Support. This is a technical amendment to Section 46b-140 which will require a needs and risk assessment for female juvenile placement. Past statute only assessed male individuals because females were not allowed placement in Connecticut Juvenile Training School. Recently the Pueblo Unit, housing only females, was added on to the training facility.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Abby Anderson, The Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance: Amendment will provide consistency in policy and practice. The current statute was written before the Pueblo Unit for girls was opened. This assures that high risk juvenile girls would only be committed to the Pueblo Unit.

Traci Cipriano, JD PhD Connecticut Psychological Association: Current statute states only males receive needs assessment for placement this amendment ensures that the system equally applies to males and females.

Edie Joseph & Cyd Oppenheimer, CT Voices for Children: Current statutes require that a risk and needs assessment be used for juvenile boys to determine if they need to be placed in a high risk facility. This amendment will ensure that females receive the same assessment procedure.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None Expressed

Reported by: Cynthia Dunne, Assistant Clerk

Alessandra Burgett, Clerk

Date: 3/11/15