OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

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sSB-459

AN ACT CONCERNING THE COUNTING OF INCARCERATED PERSONS FOR PURPOSES OF DETERMINING LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS AND DISTRIBUTING STATE AND FEDERAL FUNDS.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 4619

File Copy No.: 563

Senate Calendar No.: 360

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Correction, Dept.; Pub. Defender Serv. Com.

GF - Cost

See Below

See Below

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

All Municipalities

Shift in State and Federal Aid

None

None

See Below

Explanation

The amendment requires that inmates who are serving life in prison without the possibility of parole are counted for purposes under the bill in the district in which their prison facility is located and would reduce the revenue loss to municipalities with prison populations under the bill.

The amendment reinstates the death penalty for murder with special circumstance. To the extent that future violations occur and the death penalty is sought and obtained, the costs to the Public Defenders and the Department of Correction would be significant. On average, it costs the Department of Correction approximately $455,000 more to execute an inmate than to imprison one for life. Additionally, the Public Defenders would incur costs ranging from $20,000 to $600,000 over the course of the case dependent on the complexity of the case.

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.