2021 Session

Budget Amendments - SB1100 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Surovell
Reform Commonwealth Attorney Staffing Standards (language only)

Item 75 #1s

Item 75 #1s

Compensation Board


Page 73, after line 41, insert:

“V.1. The Compensation Board shall convene a workgroup of various stakeholders to examine the staffing standards used to determine the number of additional positions allocated to Commonwealth's Attorney's offices statewide, and make recommendations on revising the duties and workload measures used as the basis for determining the allocation of new positions. The workgroup shall be comprised of, but not limited to, individuals representing Commonwealth's Attorney's offices from various geographic regions of the Commonwealth, both urban and rural; law-enforcement; the Indigent Defense Commission; civil rights organizations, the Office of the Attorney General; and localities.

2. In making its examination, the workgroup shall consider the following criteria in developing and making recommendations on a staffing standards formula based on non-discretionary metrics, to include: locality-level crime data; traffic offense infraction data; diversion monitoring; expungement/rights-restoration volume; appellate volume, and supplemental locality funding.

3. The workgroup shall deliver a report containing its findings and recommendations to the Chairs of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance and Appropriations Committees by November 1, 2021.”


(This amendment adds language directing the Compensation Board to convene a workgroup to develop new metrics for determining Commonwealth's Attorney's Office staffing that are based on the number of incidents and arrests in a jurisdiction and provide credit for diversion, rehabilitation, and expungement instead of the number of felony charges indicted and convictions obtained annually.)