Bill Text: NH HB205 | 2021 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Relative to incarceration under a suspended sentence.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Introduced - Dead) 2021-03-09 - Retained in Committee [HB205 Detail]

Download: New_Hampshire-2021-HB205-Introduced.html

HB 205-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2021 SESSION

21-0376

04/08

 

HOUSE BILL 205-FN

 

AN ACT relative to incarceration under a suspended sentence.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Schapiro, Ches. 16; Rep. Bordenet, Ches. 5; Rep. Abbas, Rock. 8; Rep. Welch, Rock. 13; Sen. Kahn, Dist 10

 

COMMITTEE: Criminal Justice and Public Safety

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill amends the amount of time that must be served by a person incarcerated under a suspended sentence before petitioning for the suspension of the remainder of the sentence.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

21-0376

04/08

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One

 

AN ACT relative to incarceration under a suspended sentence.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Incarceration Under a Suspended Sentence.  Amend RSA 651:20, I(a) to read as follows:

(a)  Any person sentenced to state prison for a minimum term of 6 years or more shall not bring a petition to suspend sentence until such person [has served at least 4 years or 2/3 of his minimum sentence, whichever is greater,] is within 18 months of serving 2/3 of the minimum sentence, and not more frequently than every 3 years thereafter.  Any person sentenced to state prison for a minimum term of less than 6 years shall not bring a petition to suspend sentence until such person has served at least 2/3 of the minimum sentence, or the petition has been authorized by the sentencing court.  For the purposes of this subparagraph:

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

 

LBA

21-0376

12/2/20

 

HB 205-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT relative to incarceration under a suspended sentence.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [    ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

FY 2024

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$0

Indeterminable Decrease

Indeterminable Decrease

Indeterminable Decrease

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [    ] Other

 

 

 

 

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill reduces the amount of time that must be served by a person incarcerated under a suspended sentence before the person may petition for suspension of the remainder of their sentence.  The Department of Corrections indicates it cannot predict when current or future residents will petition the court to suspend their sentence or the outcome of such petitions.  The Department expects the fiscal impact would be either no change or a decrease in expenditures.

 

The Judicial Branch indicates there may be an influx of petitions to suspend sentences from those newly eligible.  It is not possible to estimate how many petitions there may be, but the Branch assumes any increase in workload would likely be absorbed by the Branch within existing resources.

 

It is assumed the fiscal impact of this bill will not occur until FY 2022.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Corrections and Judicial Branch

 

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