OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS
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AN ACT CONCERNING A SECOND CHANCE SOCIETY.
LCO No.: 5761
File Copy No.: 600
Senate Calendar No.: 399
OFA Fiscal Note
The amendment strikes the underlying bill, its associated fiscal impact, and raises juvenile justice jurisdiction from age 17 to age 20 over a period of three years beginning 7/1/17. It requires the Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Committee (JJPOC) to plan for the implementation of: (1) raising the age juvenile justice jurisdiction and (2) extending youthful offender status to certain offenders in that same age range over the same period of time. The JJPOC must report its findings and recommendations by 1/1/2017. As this plan has not yet been created, a projection of its fiscal impact cannot be established. Generally, programing and incarceration options for juveniles are more intensive and more costly than those provided to adults.
The amendment specifies that bonds cannot be required in most misdemeanor cases. As of February 2016, there are approximately 550 offenders incarcerated pretrial due to unpaid bail that would be subject to the changes under the bill. To the extent that future offenders would not be incarcerated pretrial, a savings would result to DOC. On average, it costs the state $61,320 (including benefits) to incarcerate an offender.
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.