OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

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sHB-7050

AN ACT CONCERNING THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 8195

File Copy No.: 747

House Calendar No.: 491


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 16 $

FY 17 $

Correction, Dept.; Judicial Dpt (Probation)

GF - Potential Savings

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Children & Families, Dept.

GF - Potential Cost

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Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The amendment strikes Section 1 of the bill and inserts language with a similar fiscal impact. The amendment narrows the circumstances under which cases are automatically transferred from juvenile court to adult criminal court. The section results in potential savings to the Department of Correction (DOC) and the Judicial Department and potential costs to the Department of Children and Families (DCF). To the extent that future criminal cases involving juveniles are not transferred to adult court, more juvenile offenders will potentially be committed to DCF and fewer to DOC. On average, it costs DOC approximately $200 per day to house a juvenile offender, as opposed to approximately $600 per day under the supervision of DCF. It should be noted, however, that DCF commitments are limited to 4 years and terminate automatically when the offender turns 20. There are no such limits on juvenile offender sentences when they are adjudicated in the adult court. In FY 14, prosecutors requested transfer of at least 157 cases from juvenile to adult court. There is no data available on the number of cases which will result in automatic transfer under the bill.

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.