FISCAL NOTE

Date Requested: March 10, 2017
Time Requested: 01:22 PM
Agency: Corrections, WV Division of
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
2350 Introduced HB2920
CBD Subject: Crime


FUND(S):



Sources of Revenue:

General Fund

Legislation creates:

Neither Program nor Fund



Fiscal Note Summary


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


    As of June 30, 2016, the WVDOC had 8 inmates incarcerated for Transporting Controlled Substances into the State for their most serious offense. The current minimum sentences for these offenses is one year before parole eligibility and the bill proposes increasing these minimums 9 years in the case of Narcotics.
    
     The Average annual cost per inmate in FY 2016 was $27,684, if we estimate that the WVDOC receives about 8 new inmates per year for these offenses, the one to three year costs would be:
     Year 1 Cost $221,472.00
     Year 2 Cost $442,944.00
     Year 3 Cost $664,416.00
    
     Costs would continue to increase annually throughout the first 9 years after the bills implementation.
    



Fiscal Note Detail


Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2017
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2018
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


Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):


    



Memorandum


    This bill calls for enhanced minimum sentences if the inmate was convicted while having a certain amount of drugs and having been convicted of a second or subsequent offense. These new minimums are more than 50% of the maximum in these cases and would lead to a situation where the inmate would discharge their sentence through day-for-day good time, prior to being parole eligible.



    Person submitting Fiscal Note: Brad Douglas
    Email Address: brad.t.douglas@wv.gov