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To Implement a earned incentive program in Connecticut for prisoners based on behavior, as described in the report of 4.1.09 by Theresa C. Lantz Department of Corrections Commissioner.
As a secondary objective based on the information provided in the above report, save the State of Connecticut in these times of great financial need over 40 million dollars in the first year of implementation.
- If they passed Option 2- Scenario A of the report, the savings to the state would be 40 MILLION DOLLARS IN the 1st YEAR!
- Chairpersons Mike Lawlor and Andrew McDonald of the Judiciary Committee are in favor of the recommendations in the report
- The parole boards are in favor of the recommendations in the report
- The Dept of Corrections is in favor of the recommendations in the report
- The Governor's office wishes to close 2 prisons in the state, for this to be possible, the earned credit/risk reduction program would have to be implemented.
- Connecticut and New Hampshire are the only New England states that do not utilize an earned credit system as part of a risk reduction program. The other New England states, as well as 38 other states, in addition to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, utilize earned credits using their agency%u2019s values concerning inmate accountability, community reintegration, emphasis on treatment and programs for offenders, and, in some states, recognition of the difference between violent and nonviolent offenses.
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We the undersigned
would like to inform you of our strong dissatisfaction that E-Cert Bill 6602 %u201CEarned credit and risk reduction that grant sentence reduction credits based on good behavior and participation in work, educational, vocational, therapeutic or other programs while a person is incarcerated or being supervised in the community%u201D
was not even considered during the regular session for the budget. I am urging you to consider this bill as soon as possible in the budgetary session. According to the 4.1.09 report from the DOC, a possible 40 MILLION Dollar savings could be seen in the first year.
View report at: http://www.ct.gov/doc/lib/doc/pdf/pdfreport/etexecutivesummary.pdf).