Honorable Abel Herrero, Chair, House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence
Ursula Parks, Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB254 by Thompson, Senfronia (Relating to the penalty for certain offenders for possession of a small amount of certain controlled substances.), As Introduced
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In fiscal year 2014, 7,293 people subject to the bill's provisions were admitted to state correctional facilities and 7,682 were placed on felony community supervision. This analysis assumes the offenders subject to the bill's provisions would no longer be eligible for confinement in state correctional facilities or placed under felony community supervision. Instead, these offenders would be charged with misdemeanor offenses and subject to confinement in county jails or placement on misdemeanor community supervision.
Cost per day figures included in this analysis are based on those reported in the February 2015 Criminal and Juvenile Justice Uniform Cost Report. Incarceration savings are estimated at $54.89 per offender, per day for prison and $47.30 per offender, per day for state jail. Felony community supervision savings are estimated at $1.63 per offender, per day. Felony community supervision savings would be partially offset by misdemeanor community supervision costs of $0.70 per offender, per day. The state provides Community Supervision and Corrections Departments $0.70 per misdemeanor offender, per day for 182 days. Parole supervision savings are estimated at $4.04 per offender, per day. Based on the adult correctional population projections included in the February 2015 Adult and Juvenile Correctional Population Projections Report, and assuming all other sentencing practices remain constant, the bill's provisions would result in net savings of $35,818,847 during fiscal year 2016. This analysis assumes the bill's provisions would reach partial implementation for fiscal year 2016 and reach full implementation in fiscal years 2017 and beyond.
These net savings include incarceration savings of $33,812,042, felony community supervision savings of $2,338,594, and parole supervision savings of $162,650. Net savings are partially offset by misdemeanor community supervision costs of $494,439. The revenue loss associated with reduced collections of criminal fines and court costs as a result of implementing the provisions of the bill is indeterminate.
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