OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS
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AN ACT CONCERNING THE TRANSFER OF JUVENILE SERVICES FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES TO THE COURT SUPPORT SERVICES DIVISION OF THE JUDICIAL BRANCH.
LCO No.: 4767
File Copy No.: 580
House Calendar No.: 383
OFA Fiscal Note
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The amendment strikes the underlying bill and the associated fiscal impact. The amendment results in the impact described below.
Department of Correction (DOC)
Section 1 prohibits the Department of Correction (DOC) from holding anyone under 18 in its custody, starting January 1, 2021 and results in a savings to the department beginning in FY 21. There are currently 59 inmates under 18 in DOC custody (1 female and 58 males). On average, the marginal cost to the state for incarcerating an offender for the year is $1,900.1 Additional savings will only be realized if inmate population is reduced to the point that unit or facility closures are possible, which is not expected to occur as a result of this bill.
In addition, Section 1 requires DOC, along with the State Department of Education, and the Judicial Department, to develop a plan to implement this change. There is no fiscal impact as the agencies have the expertise to develop this plan.
State Department of Education (SDE)
Section 7 could result in a potential cost to the State Department of Education associated with the development and implementation of a plan to incentivize school district participation in a statewide information technology platform to share educational records between schools and school districts. It is estimated that this could result in a potential cost of less than $100,000 to incentivize districts statewide.
Judicial Department (JUD)
The amendment makes various modifications concerning the transfer of juvenile services from the Department of Children and Families to the Judicial Department, as implemented in PA 17-2 JSS, and does not result in new costs.
PA 17-2 JSS allowed the Judicial Department to establish secure and staff-secure residential facilities. These placements are necessary due to closure of the Connecticut Juvenile Training School. The total cost for such facilities is dependent on how many facilities will be needed and the number of beds at each facility, but it is estimated that each facility will result in a cost of approximately $2.5 million annually and that Judicial will need at least two facilities (separate facilities for boys and girls).
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.
1 Inmate marginal cost is based on reduced consumables (e.g. food, clothing, water, sewage, living supplies, etc.) This does not include a reduction in staffing costs or utility expenses because these would only be realized if a unit or facility closed.