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Old 06-01-2011, 07:19 AM
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ITS PASSED!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!

HARTFORD – House Bill 6650 bounced back and forth between the House of Representatives and the Senate, and was finally passed Tuesday after a lengthy debate.

The bill will allow inmates to earn early release credit based on their behavior and participation in rehabilitation programs while in prison.

The House passed the bill, which was modified by the Senate on Friday. The fixes now prohibit early release for criminals convicted of six defined crimes.

Criminals serving time for murder, capital murder, arson murder, felony murder, home invasion and aggravated sexual assault are excluded from the program.

After defining the credentials for entrance into the program on Friday, the Senate sent the bill back to the House Tuesday for its consideration.

The measure passed through the House after a 90-65 vote and will move on to Governor Dannel Malloy’s desk for his signature. Rep. Steve Mikutel, D-45, questioned some of the language in the bill, primarily the idea that some sex offenders now will be eligible for accelerated release. The bill allows for certain criminals to receive credit for up to five days per month off their sentence.

“A true sexual predator is unable to redeem his or her self,” Mikutel said, addressing the House. “If they offend and are released, they will offend again. There is proof of that occurring all the time.”

State Rep. Gerald Fox III, D-146, co-chairman of the Judiciary Committee, did not provide a clear answer to Mikutel when questioned on the types of programs inmates who commit sexually-based offense go through for rehabilitation. Fox stated these “programs are shown to work in other states.”

House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-142, led opposition to the bill and said his party believes there are crimes so bad that don’t merit lessening a person’s sentence. He said the bill includes only six crimes which are not eligible to earn these credits.

Cafero’s stance differs drastically to the one he took in March, when he told the Hartford Advocate that he was “very much in favor of it, with the condition that any early release for inmates be strictly tied to their accomplishing something concrete while in prison.”

Connecticut is the only state in New England, and one of only a few left in the country, that does not offer some form of incentive for early release. The issue began as a bipartisan thought, originally proposed by Republican Gov. M Jodi Rell and then renewed under Malloy’s watch. The state had a similar program in place before, but under the previous plan, almost all of the state’s prison population was eligible for the incentives.

The program was ended in 1994 after legislator Michael Lawlor led a charge to repeal the decision. Democratic leadership said Tuesday the program can be beneficial and in other states it is shown to be working.

California and Colorado have a similar program and they have seen a decline in recidivism among criminals.

The vote Tuesday was largely down party lines and several Republicans including state Rep. John Rigby, R-63, opposed the legislation. Democrats on Tuesday afternoon amended the controversial early-release plan they rammed through the House last week despite repeated warnings from Republican lawmakers.

In a written statement, Rigby said, “The bill previously approved by Democrats granted all convicts, except those found guilty of a capital felony, eligibility to retroactive early-release credits for nothing more than good behavior while behind bars.”

“Every day people flick on their television sets and see crimes being committed, each one seemingly worse than the last,” Rigby said. “The people we represent expect us to work in their best interests, but this legislation does the exact opposite. These aren’t cupcake offenses — these are dangerous crimes.”
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Here is the wording of the bill - I haven't found the amendments that limit who gets it, but as I understand it, those who have no possibility of parole won't get good time:

Sec. 22. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2011) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, any person sentenced to a term of imprisonment for a crime committed on or after October 1, 1994, and committed to the custody of the Commissioner of Correction on or after said date, may be eligible to earn risk reduction credit toward a reduction of such person's sentence, in an amount not to exceed five days per month, at the discretion of the Commissioner of Correction for good conduct on or after April 1, 2006.

(b) An inmate may earn risk reduction credit for adherence to the inmate's offender accountability plan and for participation in eligible programs or activities, good conduct and obedience to institutional rules as designated by the commissioner, provided the commissioner or the commissioner's designee may, in his or her discretion, cause the loss of all or any portion of such earned risk reduction credit for any act of misconduct or insubordination or refusal to conform to recommended programs or activities or institutional rules occurring at any time during the service of the sentence or for other good cause. If an inmate has not earned sufficient risk reduction credit at the time the commissioner or the commissioner's designee orders the loss of all or a portion of earned credit, such loss shall be deducted from any credit earned by such inmate in the future.

(c) The award of risk reduction credit earned for conduct occurring prior to July 1, 2011, shall be phased in consistent with public safety, risk reduction, administrative purposes and sound correctional practice, at the discretion of the commissioner, but shall be completed not later than July 1, 2012.

(d) Any credit earned under this section may only be earned during the period of time that the inmate is sentenced to a term of imprisonment and committed to the custody of the commissioner and may not be transferred or applied to a subsequent term of imprisonment.

(e) The commissioner shall adopt policies and procedures to determine the amount of credit an inmate may earn toward a reduction in his or her sentence and to phase in the awarding of retroactive credit authorized by subsection (c) of this section.

Note that after Malloy signs it there is a lot of work to do. First DOC has to develop the policy - hopefully they have one they can dust off. Then they have to assess everyone's status going back to 2006. Once that's done, they can begin releasing inmates based on good time. There are a couple of catches though:

When they proposed this in 2009, DOC noted that it would take time and money to staff up the program side of the issue. We all know that guys are waiting months, and sometimes years, to get into the programs they are supposed to take. I suppose they will earn good time credits once they are signed up, but they won't be able to use them until they actually take the courses. We have to see if they were given the money to ramp up the program needs.

Next is that there is going to be a "waiting list" of people who are eligible to get out. The state already had too few parole/probation officers - if they don't ramp up that number it will be business as usual - you're ready and eligible to go home, but no PO to handle your case. Again, this is a case of whether or not the state funded the extra POs.

Finally, because it is retroactive to 2006, there will be a big pile up of guys (and gals) eligible for release. DOC won't be able to just open the doors for all of them (those without probation/parole should be able to go home right away). Even at that, the DOC paperwork process is a nightmare so it will slow things down.

Once all of these kinks get worked out of the system things will move more smoothly. I only hope that DOC has been preparing for this and are ready to go. Note in section (c) of the law that DOC has until 7/1/2012 to get the policy in place.
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ITS PASSED!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!

HARTFORD – House Bill 6650 bounced back and forth between the House of Representatives and the Senate, and was finally passed Tuesday after a lengthy debate.

The bill will allow inmates to earn early release credit based on their behavior and participation in rehabilitation programs while in prison.

The House passed the bill, which was modified by the Senate on Friday. The fixes now prohibit early release for criminals convicted of six defined crimes.

Criminals serving time for murder, capital murder, arson murder, felony murder, home invasion and aggravated sexual assault are excluded from the program.

After defining the credentials for entrance into the program on Friday, the Senate sent the bill back to the House Tuesday for its consideration.

The measure passed through the House after a 90-65 vote and will move on to Governor Dannel Malloy’s desk for his signature. Rep. Steve Mikutel, D-45, questioned some of the language in the bill, primarily the idea that some sex offenders now will be eligible for accelerated release. The bill allows for certain criminals to receive credit for up to five days per month off their sentence.

“A true sexual predator is unable to redeem his or her self,” Mikutel said, addressing the House. “If they offend and are released, they will offend again. There is proof of that occurring all the time.”

State Rep. Gerald Fox III, D-146, co-chairman of the Judiciary Committee, did not provide a clear answer to Mikutel when questioned on the types of programs inmates who commit sexually-based offense go through for rehabilitation. Fox stated these “programs are shown to work in other states.”

House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-142, led opposition to the bill and said his party believes there are crimes so bad that don’t merit lessening a person’s sentence. He said the bill includes only six crimes which are not eligible to earn these credits.

Cafero’s stance differs drastically to the one he took in March, when he told the Hartford Advocate that he was “very much in favor of it, with the condition that any early release for inmates be strictly tied to their accomplishing something concrete while in prison.”

Connecticut is the only state in New England, and one of only a few left in the country, that does not offer some form of incentive for early release. The issue began as a bipartisan thought, originally proposed by Republican Gov. M Jodi Rell and then renewed under Malloy’s watch. The state had a similar program in place before, but under the previous plan, almost all of the state’s prison population was eligible for the incentives.

The program was ended in 1994 after legislator Michael Lawlor led a charge to repeal the decision. Democratic leadership said Tuesday the program can be beneficial and in other states it is shown to be working.

California and Colorado have a similar program and they have seen a decline in recidivism among criminals.

The vote Tuesday was largely down party lines and several Republicans including state Rep. John Rigby, R-63, opposed the legislation. Democrats on Tuesday afternoon amended the controversial early-release plan they rammed through the House last week despite repeated warnings from Republican lawmakers.

In a written statement, Rigby said, “The bill previously approved by Democrats granted all convicts, except those found guilty of a capital felony, eligibility to retroactive early-release credits for nothing more than good behavior while behind bars.”

“Every day people flick on their television sets and see crimes being committed, each one seemingly worse than the last,” Rigby said. “The people we represent expect us to work in their best interests, but this legislation does the exact opposite. These aren’t cupcake offenses — these are dangerous crimes.”
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