PA 15-246—SB 903

Veterans' Affairs Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING VETERANS' AFFAIRS

SUMMARY: This act requires the Judicial Branch, beginning January 1, 2016, to collect data on the number of armed forces members, veterans, and nonveterans who apply for, and are admitted or denied, entry into the (1) accelerated rehabilitation program, (2) pretrial supervised diversionary program for individuals with psychiatric disabilities and veterans, or (3) pretrial drug education and community service program. The data must be based on information applicants provide when they apply.

The Judicial Branch, beginning January 15, 2017, must annually submit a report detailing the data compiled for the previous calendar year to the Veterans' Affairs and Judiciary committees.

For these purposes, a “veteran” is anyone who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable from active service in the U. S.  Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, Air Force, or any reserve component, including the National Guard performing duty under Title 32 of federal law (e. g. , certain Homeland Security missions).

The act also makes technical changes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2016, except the technical changes are effective October 1, 2015.

BACKGROUND

Pretrial Diversionary Programs

Under Connecticut's criminal justice system, criminal defendants may avoid prosecution and incarceration by successfully completing court-sanctioned community-based treatment programs (called diversionary programs) before trial. Participants waive their right to a speedy trial and agree to a tolling of the statute of limitations. A defendant who does not complete or is ineligible for the program is subject to prosecution on the original charges.

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