OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-5495

AN ACT CONCERNING ENHANCED PENALTIES FOR THREATENING A JUDGE.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Correction, Dept.; Judicial Dept. (Probation)

GF - Potential Cost

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Resources of the General Fund

GF - Potential Revenue Gain

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Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill, which increases the penalty for certain cases of threatening, results in a potential revenue gain from criminal fines and a potential cost for increased sentences. In FY 15 there were 11 charges with a total revenue gain of $2,640. Currently there are 35 inmates incarcerated for the charges specified.

To the extent that offenders are prosecuted for new or expanded offenses under this bill, potential costs for incarceration or probation supervision in the community, or judicial revenue would result.  On average, it costs the state $7,260 (including benefits) to supervise an inmate in the community as opposed to $61,320 (including benefits) to incarcerate an offender.

The Out Years

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

Sources:

Department of Correction Summary of Offenders by Controlling Offense, as of 2/21/2016

 

Judicial Department Offenses and Revenue Database