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billys_mom 06-17-2012 05:48 AM

Raised Bill No. 5546 (help need to know if this has passed)?
General Assembly Raised Bill No. 5546
February Session, 2012 LCO No. 2548
Referred to Committee on Judiciary
Introduced by:
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General
Assembly convened:
1 Section 1. (Effective from passage) (a) The Connecticut Sentencing
2 Commission shall examine the feasibility of establishing a process that
3 allows a person sentenced to a lengthy term of imprisonment for a
4 crime committed when the person was under the age of eighteen to
5 have a meaningful opportunity, after service of a portion of the term of
6 imprisonment, to petition to have such sentence reduced and be
7 released prior to the end of that term by demonstrating rehabilitation
8 and increased maturity.
9 (b) If the commission determines that such process should be
10 established, the commission shall examine and determine:
11 (1) Whether the proceedings should be before the superior court, the
12 Board of Pardons and Paroles or other agency;
13 (2) Whether counsel should be appointed for the petitioner;
14 (3) Whether such release should be applicable to any offense

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15 committed by a person under the age of eighteen;
16 (4) Whether parties should have a reasonable opportunity to present
17 testimony;
18 (5) Whether the petitioner should have more than one opportunity
19 for a hearing;
20 (6) The scope of such hearings;
21 (7) The standard for granting sentence reduction; and
22 (8) The period of imprisonment such person should serve before
23 being eligible to petition for sentence reduction.
24 (c) Not later than January 2, 2013, the Connecticut Sentencing
25 Commission shall submit a report on such examination and
26 determinations to the joint standing committee of the General
27 Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the judiciary. Such
28 report shall be submitted in accordance with section 11-4a of the
29 general statutes, and shall identify any amendments to sections 53a-
30 35a, 53a-39, 53a-46a and 54-125a of the general statutes that may be
31 necessary to implement such recommendations.
This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following
Section 1 from passage New section
Statement of Purpose:
To require the Connecticut Sentencing Commission to examine and
make recommendations regarding sentence modification for persons
imprisoned for lengthy sentences based on offenses committed as
[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline,
except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is
not underlined.]

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