OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

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sHB-7133

AN ACT CONCERNING GOOD TIME CREDITS.

As Amended by House "A" (LCO 8122)

House Calendar No.: 405

Senate Calendar No.: 603


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

Correction, Dept.

GF - Cost

See Below

See Below

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

This bill would prohibit inmates sentenced before October 1, 1994 from continuing to receive good time credits and would result in a cost to the state. This would affect 316 inmates by not letting them continue to reduce their prison sentence with good time credits. To the extent that these inmates would have continued to receive good time credits, this would result in the inmates serving longer sentences and additional costs to the state. On average, it costs the state $61,320 (including benefits) to incarcerate an offender for a year.

House Amendment “A” allows those eligible to receive good time credits to instead receive Risk Reduction Earned Credits (RREC). RREC are less generous than good time credits and would result in a cost to the state to the extent that these inmates serve longer sentences.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to the number of inmates that have been incarcerated since before October 1, 1994.

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.