2012 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB1301 (Conference Report)

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Elimination of SURE Program

Item 385 #1c

Item 385 #1c

First Year - FY2013 Second Year - FY2014
Public Safety
Corrections, Department of FY2013 ($924,288) FY2014 ($924,288) GF
FY2013 -12.00 FY2014 -12.00 FTE

Page 281, line 14, strike "$83,909,227" and insert "$82,984,939".
Page 281, line 14, strike "$84,251,201" and insert "$83,326,913".
Page 281, strike lines 37 through 46.

(This amendment eliminates $924,288 from the general fund each year and 12 positions provided for the operation of up to ten pilot sites for the immediate sanctioning of technical violators who have not complied with the terms of their probation. Legislation authorizing this pilot program was not approved (House Bill 1126 and Senate Bill 111). A companion amendment to Item 50 authorizes up to four local immediate sanction probation programs with no additional funding. The pilot programs envisioned under House Bill 1126 and Senate Bill 111 were intended to reduce the number of technical probation violators returning to prison. Technical violators are defined as probation violators sentenced to jail or prison for their failure to abide by the terms of their probation rather than commitment of a new crime. Since fiscal year 2007, the number of these technical violators sentenced to jail has decreased by 23.4 percent, the number of these technical violators sentenced to prison has decreased by 38.2 percent, and, in fact, the number of technical violators committing new crimes has decreased by 13.4 percent. In addition, Virginia's violent crime and property crime rates are at their lowest levels in 40 years.)