Legislature(1995 - 1996)

05/04/1996 11:10 AM JUD

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       CSHB   2(FIN) BOOT CAMP FOR NONVIOLENT OFFENDERS                      
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN ROBIN TAYLOR  called the Judiciary Committee meeting to             
 order at 11:10 a.m. and brought up HB 2 as the first order of                 
 business before the committee.                                                
                                                                               
 Number 010                                                                    
                                                                               
 REPRESENTATIVE ED WILLIS, prime sponsor of HB 2, stated the bill              
 would set up a boot camp program within the Department of                     
 Corrections.  The program would free up beds in the prison system.            
 Federal funding is being proposed for such programs.                          
                                                                               
 Number 035                                                                    
                                                                               
 JERRY SHRINER, Special Assistant to the Commissioner, Department of           
 Corrections, stated the department supports HB 2.  The program                
 would be structured in such a way as to free up beds in prisons.              
 While the cost of probation services would be higher, that cost               
 would still be substantially lower than the costs associated with             
 incarceration.  The emphasis in these types of programs is on work,           
 vocational training, and substance abuse treatment.                           
                                                                               
 SENATOR GREEN asked if this program would duplicate the one at Fort           
 Richardson.                                                                   
                                                                               
 MR. SHRINER stated the programs are similar, but the difference is            
 in the age of the target group.  The program at Fort Richardson is            
 made up of juveniles who are not necessarily offenders.  The                  
 program set up by HB 2 would be made up of young, adult offenders.            
                                                                               
 Number 095                                                                    
                                                                               
 SENATOR MILLER offered a conceptual amendment on page 3, lines 21-            
 22, that the members from the House and the Senate be appointed by            
 the Speaker and the President respectively, instead of being                  
 appointed by the Governor.                                                    
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN TAYLOR, hearing no objection to the amendment, stated it             
 was adopted.                                                                  
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN TAYLOR stated he toured a boot camp prison program in                
 Arizona, and he supports HB 2.  He thinks the recidivism rate with            
 boot camp programs is lower than that of regular prison sentences.            
                                                                               
 Number 155                                                                    
                                                                               
 SENATOR ELLIS made a motion to discharge SCS CSHB 2(JUD) from the             
 Senate Judiciary Committee with a unanimous do pass.  Hearing no              
 objection, CHAIRMAN TAYLOR stated the motion carried.                         

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