PA 17-205—sSB 1022

Judiciary Committee

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PILOT PROGRAM TO PROVIDE ENHANCED COMMUNITY SERVICES TO THOSE IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

SUMMARY: This act requires the chief state's attorney to (1) create a pilot program to identify and track homeless, addicted, or mentally ill individuals entering the criminal justice system; (2) establish policies and procedures to implement the program; and (3) report to the Judiciary Committee, by February 1, 2019, on its implementation.

Under the act, the pilot program must serve the geographical area (GA) courts for Hartford, New Haven, New London, and Norwich in the judicial districts of Hartford, New Haven, and New London (which includes the Norwich GA court).

The act requires the state's attorney for these judicial districts to:

1. screen cases to identify and track homeless, drug addicted, or mentally ill arrestees for intensive assistance and

2. refer the arrestees to diversion programs, counseling, treatment, housing assistance, and reentry programs to stabilize them and prevent future arrests.

Under the act, the (1) state's attorney for each judicial district retains the discretion to dispose of cases in any manner, focusing on incarceration alternatives, and (2) court keeps jurisdiction over the cases to ensure compliance with any ordered treatment or counseling.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017