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H.B. 178

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HALFWAY HOUSE AMENDMENTS

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2014 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Eric K. Hutchings

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Senate Sponsor: Scott K. Jenkins

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the uses of the Law Enforcement Services Account.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    provides that funds available in the Law Enforcement Services Account may be
             13      distributed to law enforcement agencies based on a formula established by the
             14      Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice to establish the marginal impact of
             15      placing parolees in halfway houses and parole violator centers within the
             16      jurisdiction of each law enforcement agency.
             17      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23           51-9-412 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 439
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             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 51-9-412 is amended to read:
             27           51-9-412. Law Enforcement Services Account -- Funding -- Uses.


             28          (1) As used in this section:
             29          (a) "Account" means the Law Enforcement Services Account.
             30          (b) "Commission" means the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice created in
             31      Section 63M-7-201 .
             32          (c) "Halfway house" means a facility that houses parolees upon release from prison or
             33      houses probationers who have violated the terms of their probation.
             34          (d) "Law enforcement agency" means a local law enforcement agency.
             35          (e) "Parole violator center" means a facility that houses parolees who have violated the
             36      conditions of their parole agreement.
             37          (2) There is created a restricted account within the General Fund known as the "Law
             38      Enforcement Services Account."
             39          (3) (a) The Division of Finance shall allocate funds from the collected surcharge in
             40      accordance with Subsection 51-9-401 (1)(c) to the account, but not to exceed the amount
             41      appropriated by the Legislature.
             42          (b) Money in the account shall be appropriated to the commission to administer and
             43      distribute to law enforcement agencies providing services directly to areas with halfway houses
             44      or parole violator centers, or both.
             45          (4) The commission shall allocate funds from the account to local law enforcement
             46      agencies on a pro-rata basis determined by the [number of beds in each agency's jurisdiction for
             47      increased enforcement] marginal impact of parolees placed in areas with halfway houses or
             48      parole violator centers, or both.
             49          (5) (a) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act,
             50      the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice shall make rules to establish a formula and
             51      procedures by which the marginal impact of parolees and probationers placed is calculated.
             52          (b) In making the rules regarding the marginal impact of parolees and probationers, the
             53      Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice shall consider the following information
             54      regarding each applicant for funds:
             55          (i) the community share of state inmates as determined by the percentage of the state's
             56      population that resides within that community's jurisdiction, as applied to the total state inmate
             57      population; and
             58          (ii) the marginal impact of state parolees on a community as determined by the


             59      community share of state inmates applied to the daily average of occupied beds at halfway
             60      houses, parole violator centers, or both within that community.
             61          [(5)] (6) A law enforcement agency may use funds received under this section only for
             62      the purposes stated in this section.
             63          [(6)] (7) For each fiscal year, any law enforcement agency that receives funds from the
             64      commission under this section shall prepare, and file with the commission and the state auditor,
             65      a report in a form specified by the commission. The report shall include the following:
             66          (a) the agency's name;
             67          (b) the amount received;
             68          (c) how the funds were used, including the impact on crime reduction efforts in areas
             69      with halfway houses or parole violator centers, or both; and
             70          (d) a statement signed by both the agency's or political subdivision's executive officer
             71      or designee and by the agency's legal counsel that all funds were used for law enforcement
             72      operations related to reducing criminal activity in areas with halfway houses or parole violator
             73      centers, or both.
             74          [(7)] (8) The commission shall report in writing to the legislative Law Enforcement
             75      and Criminal Justice Interim Committee annually regarding the funds allocated under this
             76      section, including the amounts and uses.




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