OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-509

AN ACT CONCERNING NEWLY DISCOVERED EVIDENCE.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 4597

File Copy No.: 615

Senate Calendar No.: 365


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 19 $

FY 20 $

Correction, Dept.

GF - Potential Cost

See Below

See Below

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The amendment expands the charge of sex trafficking to include the exchange of anything of value instead of a fee and results in a potential cost for increased incarcerations. In FY 17 there were five arrests under this charge, of which four charges were dismissed, though it is believed that incidents occur currently where a potential victim is compensated non-monetarily and would not be prosecuted for this charge under current law.

On average, the marginal cost to the state for incarcerating an offender for the year is $1,900.1

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 increased consumables (e.g. food, clothing, water, sewage, living supplies, etc.) This does not include a change in staffing costs or utility expenses because these would only be realized if a unit or facility opened.