An analyst informed a legislative committee today that the state would need to allocate $10.5 million to enhance rehabilitation and probation services.
Legislators heard from rehabilitation center officials and ex-convicts on how best to reduce recidivism as they overhaul the state's criminal code.
Lawmakers won’t have more information about how the state’s criminal code overhaul will affect local community corrections funding until at least December.
State legislators are bringing in a third party to analyze what impact the criminal code overhaul will have on prison populations.
The U.S. Attorney General's proposal seeks to reduce sentences for low-level drug offenses and place people in rehabilitation facilities instead of prisons.
A criminal code bill passed last session, but legislators say there's still work to be done.
A summer study committee will attempt to project how much the Department of Corrections will save once the new system is implemented.
The legislation aims to make sentences for the worst criminal offenses more severe while reducing the penalties for low-level crimes.
Legislators are still trying to determine how much a shift toward more rehabilitation will cost local governments.
A public defenders group says the overhaul of the state's criminal code system does not provide an adequate rewrite of its sentencing structure.