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House Bill No. 7262

Public Act No. 17-217

AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CONNECTICUT SENTENCING COMMISSION WITH RESPECT TO VICTIM NOTIFICATION.

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

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2017) Whenever a defendant convicted of one or more crimes receives a definite sentence of more than a two-year term of imprisonment, or a total effective sentence of more than a two-year term of imprisonment, the court shall, at sentencing, indicate: (1) The maximum period of imprisonment that may apply to the defendant; (2) whether the defendant may be eligible to earn risk reduction credits pursuant to section 18-98e of the general statutes; and (3) whether the defendant may be eligible to apply for release on parole pursuant to section 54-125a of the general statutes.

Sec. 2. Subsection (d) of section 54-91c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(d) Upon the request of a victim, prior to the acceptance by the court of a plea of a defendant pursuant to a proposed plea agreement, the state's attorney, assistant state's attorney or deputy assistant state's attorney in charge of the case shall provide such victim with the terms of such proposed plea agreement in writing. If the terms of the proposed plea agreement provide for a term of imprisonment which is more than two years or a total effective sentence of more than a two-year term of imprisonment, the state's attorney, assistant state's attorney or deputy assistant state's attorney in charge of the case shall indicate: (1) The maximum period of imprisonment that may apply to the defendant; (2) whether the defendant may be eligible to earn risk reduction credits pursuant to section 18-98e; and (3) whether the defendant may be eligible to apply for release on parole pursuant to section 54-125a.

Sec. 3. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2017) The Department of Correction shall make publically available general offender sentencing information. Such information shall include: (1) The inmate release mechanisms under the authority of the department; (2) information on presentence confinement credit and application pursuant to section 18-98d of the general statutes; (3) information on the eligibility and application of risk reduction credits earned pursuant to section 18-98e of the general statutes; (4) the standards for eligibility for parole; (5) the state-wide automated victim information and notification system established under section 54-235 of the general statutes; and (6) any other information the Commissioner of Correction deems pertinent.

Approved July 10, 2017