OLR Bill Analysis
AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PILOT PROGRAM TO PROVIDE ENHANCED COMMUNITY SERVICES TO THOSE IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.
This bill requires the chief state's attorney to establish a pilot program to identify and track homeless, addicted, or mentally ill individuals entering the criminal justice system.
The pilot program must serve the geographical area courts for Hartford, New Haven, New London, and Norwich in the judicial districts of Hartford, New Haven, and New London.
The bill requires the state's attorney's office for each judicial district in the pilot program to:
1. screen homeless, drug addicted, or mentally ill arrestees to identify and track them for intensive assistance and
2. refer them to diversion programs, counseling, treatment, housing assistance, and reentry programs in an effort to stabilize them and prevent future arrests.
Under the bill, the (1) state's attorney for each judicial district retains the discretion to dispose of any case in any manner, with a focus on alternatives to incarceration and (2) court maintains jurisdiction over the cases to ensure compliance with any ordered treatment or counseling.
The chief state's attorney must (1) establish policies and procedures to implement the pilot program and (2) on or before February 1, 2019, report to the Judiciary Committee on such implementation.
EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017
Joint Favorable Substitute