|BILL AS INTRODUCED||2007-2008|
Introduced by Representatives Lorber of Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Branagan of Georgia, Clarkson of Woodstock, Donahue of Northfield, Edwards of Brattleboro, Fisher of Lincoln, Haas of Rochester, Koch of Barre Town, Larson of Burlington, Marek of Newfane, Pellett of Chester, Pillsbury of Brattleboro and Smith of Morristown
Subject: Corrections; study committee; long-range planning
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to create a working group, to be known as the “10–10–30 committee,” to develop a ten-year plan to decrease selected crime rates by 10 percent and to decrease the number of Vermont offenders confined to correctional facilities by 30 percent.
AN ACT RELATING TO A TEN-YEAR PLAN TO DECREASE BOTH CRIME AND THE INCARCERATED POPULATION
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. CREATION OF THE “10–10–30 COMMITTEE” TO DEVELOP A
PLAN TO DECREASE THE VERMONT CRIME RATE AND THE
(a) The general assembly finds that:
(1) The number of Vermonters incarcerated in correctional facilities has doubled during the last decade.
(2) During fiscal year 2005, approximately 44 percent of incarcerated males and 76 percent of incarcerated females had been convicted solely of nonviolent offenses.
(3) According to the most recent department of corrections study, 54 percent of inmates released from prison were convicted of a new offense within three years after release.
(b) There is created a committee to be known as the “10–10–30 committee” to develop a strategic plan by which the state, within the next ten years, will decrease:
(1) The rate of occurrence of one or more types or categories of crime by 10 percent; and
(2) The number of Vermont offenders confined to correctional facilities by 30 percent.
(c) In preparing the strategic plan required by this section, the 10–10–30 committee shall:
(1) Select one or more types or categories of crime which the strategic plan will be designed to decrease.
(2) Include projections for incarceration rates based on current department of corrections practices.
(3) Identify programs that aim to reduce recidivism and prevent crime.
(4) Consider alternatives to current sentencing practices, particularly for nonviolent, first‑time offenders.
(5) Consult with stakeholders who will be responsible for the successful implementation of the 10–10–30 plan, including, at a minimum, representatives from the department of corrections, the judicial branch, crime victim advocates, prisoners’ rights advocates, the defender general, Vermont state’s attorneys, the Vermont state employees’ association, the Vermont league of cities and towns, community justice centers, the office of the attorney general, and the department of public safety.
(d) On or before January 15, 2008, the 10–10–30 committee shall provide to the members of the joint legislative corrections oversight committee a strategic plan, including a timeline, by which the state, acting on its own or in conjunction with community partners, could achieve the results required by this section. The plan shall include a budget outlining the cost of initiating and operating any services, including potential nonstate funding sources and a projection of the financial impact the proposal would have on future state capital and general fund appropriations.
(e) The committee shall have seven members; three shall be members of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker of the house, and three shall be members of the senate appointed by the committee on committees. One member shall be appointed by the governor. At its initial meeting, which shall be scheduled by the legislative council, the committee shall select a member to serve as chair. The committee may meet up to eight times during adjournment and may meet more often subject to the approval of the speaker of the house and the president pro tempore of the senate. The services of the legislative council and the joint fiscal office shall be available to the committee.
(f) For attendance at a meeting when the general assembly is not in session, members of the committee shall be entitled to compensation for services and reimbursement for expenses as provided by 2 V.S.A. § 406(a).
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