Date Requested:January 13, 2011
Time Requested:03:01 PM
Agency: Corrections
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
2011R1298 Introduced HB2239
CBD Subject: MINIMUM PENALTY FOR CHILD ABUSE
FUND(S)
Sources of Revenue
General Fund
Legislation creates:
A New Fund

Fiscal Note Summary

Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.

    As of June 30, 2010 the WVDOC had approximately 25 individuals incarcerated for Child Abuse resulting in Injury or Serious Injury. If the time to parole eligibility is increased to 5 years as proposed we would expect these offenders to serve at a minimum twice as long as they would previously. As a result the State could expect additional costs of $1,819,950 spread over a number of years, assuming that this would only apply to new offenders convicted and the number of offenders is similar in coming years (25 x $24,266 average cost per year in FY 2010 x 3 years = $1,819,950). The provision in the proposed law to change the sentence range from an indeterminate 2-10 to 5-10 would result in offenders being parole eligible on the same day they would typically discharge their sentence because of WV’s Day-for-Day good time credits law.

Fiscal Note Detail
Over-all effect
Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2011
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2012
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 0 0
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 0 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0
3. Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):
    


Memorandum
Person submitting Fiscal Note:
Loita Butcher
Email Address:
Loita.c.butcher@wv.gov
    As of June 30, 2010 the WVDOC had approximately 25 individuals incarcerated for Child Abuse resulting in Injury or Serious Injury. If the time to parole eligibility is increased to 5 years as proposed we would expect these offenders to serve at a minimum twice as long as they would previously. As a result the State could expect additional costs of $1,819,950 spread over a number of years, assuming that this would only apply to new offenders convicted and the number of offenders is similar in coming years (25 x $24,266 average cost per year in FY 2010 x 3 years = $1,819,950). The provision in the proposed law to change the sentence range from an indeterminate 2-10 to 5-10 would result in offenders being parole eligible on the same day they would typically discharge their sentence because of WV’s Day-for-Day good time credits law.