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General Assembly

 

Proposed Bill No. 237

 

January Session, 2017

 

LCO No. 1682

 

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Referred to Committee on JUDICIARY

 

Introduced by:

 

SEN. FASANO, 34th Dist.

SEN. WITKOS, 8th Dist.

 

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

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

That the general statutes be amended to provide that: (1) The Chief Court Administrator shall establish a pilot program to serve the geographical area courts for New Haven, New London and Norwich in the judicial districts of New Haven and New London in identifying and tracking the homeless, addicted or mentally ill persons entering the criminal justice system; (2) the office of the state's attorney for each such judicial district shall screen in order to identify and track persons arrested who are homeless, drug addicted or mentally ill for intensive assistance, and shall refer such persons to diversion programs, counseling, treatment, housing assistance and reentry programs in an effort to stabilize such person and prevent future arrests of such person, provided the office retains the discretion to dispose of any case in any manner, with a focus on alternatives to incarceration and that the court shall maintain jurisdiction over the cases to ensure compliance with any ordered treatment or counseling; and (3) the Chief Court Administrator shall establish policies and procedures to implement the pilot program established pursuant to subdivision (1) of this act and, on or before February 1, 2018, shall submit a report to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to judiciary, in accordance with section 11-4a of the general statutes, concerning the implementation of the pilot program.

Statement of Purpose:

To provide enhanced community services to those in the criminal justice system to address their physical, mental and community needs, assist in community reentry and avoid recidivism.