ACT NO. 179
Facility reorganization; services for substance abusers; services
for offenders reentering the community; electronic monitoring
equipment; administrative parole; furlough for DUI offenders;
public inebriates; drug courts; children of incarcerated parents
· Directs the commissioner of corrections to close the Dale facility, move all women offenders to the St. Albans facility, and convert the Windsor facility to a 100-bed therapeutic work camp for men.
· Directs the commissioner of corrections to use DOC funds to expand the DOC Intensive Substance Abuse Program, fund a pilot program for pre-sentencing screening and assessment for mental health and substance abuse needs, contract with community substance abuse treatment providers for more services for offenders, contract with community housing providers to increase beds for offenders reentering the community, expand the availability of public inebriate beds, and purchase electronic monitoring equipment.
· Authorizes administrative probation with very low supervision for certain low-risk offenders.
· Authorizes furlough 180 days prior to completing minimum sentence for DUI offenders.
· Directs the commissioner of corrections to screen and assess felony drug and property offenders for substance abuse treatment and to use the results in writing a reentry plan and connecting those reentering the community to appropriate treatment services.
· Authorizes the commissioner of corrections to request that the court reduce a term of probation midway through the period of probation.
· Clarifies that the commissioner of corrections may transfer offenders to out-of-state facilities and use electronic monitoring equipment to enhance supervision of offenders placed on probation, parole, or conditional reentry.
· Prohibits courts from imposing conditions of probation other than those reasonably related to the offenders rehabilitation or necessary to reduce risk to public safety.
· Establishes limits to the number of offenders in the community who may be supervised by one case worker.
· Prohibits placing an inebriated person who has not committed a crime in a state prison, effective July 1, 2011.
· Directs the commissioner of corrections to conduct several studies, including studies on the feasibility of establishing transitional housing units in a correctional facility and are the successes of and problems encountered in implementing the provisions of this act.
· Directs the court administrator and others to study the feasibility of expanding the drug court program to every county.
· Establishes a task force to develop a plan for care of public inebriates.
· Directs the corrections oversight committee and the law enforcement advisory board to investigate issues regarding children of incarcerated parents.
Effective Date: Provisions regarding use of prisons for public inebriates take effect on July 1, 2011. The remainder of the act takes effect on July 1, 2008.
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