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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Irwin
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
2-1-06
HB 636
SHORT TITLE 6
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Judicial District Juvenile Justice
SB
ANALYST Dearing
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$340.0*
Recurring
General Fund
*Please See Narrative
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
House Bill 636 appropriates $340,000 from the general fund to the 6
th
Judicial District for the
support of the juvenile justice continuum.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $340,000 contained in this bill is a recurring expense to the general fund.
Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of fiscal year 2007 shall revert
to the general fund.
Beginning in 1997, the Sixth Judicial District implemented a comprehensive strategy called the
Juvenile Justice Continuum of Services in order to reduce its severe problem with juvenile crime.
*Prior to FY06, this program was funded only at the federal level, and, as such, the Administra-
tive Office of the courts had requested a base-expansion of $225,000 in fiscal year 2007 for the
6
th
Judicial District Court for the Juvenile Justice Continuum. The Legislative Finance Commit-
tee supported base-expansion of $225,000 for this same period. According to the Administrative
Office of the Courtsí recent analysis, $213,750 of the cost of this program was appropriated in
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fiscal year 2006 as a recurring appropriation and is now included in the courtís base budget.
Thus, according to the Courtsí analysis, the actual appropriation needed to fully fund this pro-
gram is $160,000.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
The Continuum of Services is a comprehensive strategy that helps a community to develop pro-
grams in juvenile justice ranging from the most restrictive to the least restrictive, from punitive
to preventive. The major phases are:
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Detention (local detainment and commitments to state facilities)
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Intervention (probation, community service, electronic monitoring, Teen Court, et
cetera)
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Prevention (DWI Councils, Teen Outreach Program, Safe Schools Initiative, et
cetera)
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Positive youth development (mentorship, sports, after-school programs, et cetera)
The program funding covers contractual services and other program related costs. This appro-
priation will allow this program to continue.
PERFORMANCE IMPLICATIONS
Reduction in juvenile offenses is the basis for the estimated $18.5 million cost savings. During
the same six-year period, the Juvenile Probation and Parole Department reported the following
statistics:
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61% reduction in property offense
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38% reduction in offenses against persons
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62% reduction in repeated offenders
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63% reduction in total delinquent offenses
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56% reduction in petitions filed
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85% reduction in commitments to state facilities.
This funding will give the 6
th
Judicial District Juvenile Justice Continuum of Services resources
to continue gathering the data necessary to calculate and report cost savings to the state.
ALTERNATIVES
An in-kind appropriation for this program, however in the amount of $160,000.
WHAT WILL BE THE CONSEQUENCES OF NOT ENACTING THIS BILL
Status Quo
POSSIBLE QUESTIONS
Is this program still receiving federal funds.
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