House Bill No. 6629

Public Act No. 99-34

An Act Concerning Eligibility for the Zero-Tolerance Drug Supervision Program Conducted by the Board of Parole.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 54-125f of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Not later than October 1, 1998, the chairman of the Board of Parole, shall establish a pilot zero-tolerance drug supervision program. Eligibility for participation in the program shall be limited to individuals who are eligible for release on parole [in accordance with section 54-125b] and shall be based upon criteria, including a limit on the maximum number of eligible participants, established by the chairman of the Board of Parole.

(b) Any person entering such program shall, as a condition of participating in such program, agree to: (1) Submit to periodic urinalysis drug tests, (2) detention in a halfway house facility for a period of two days each time such test produces a positive result, and (3) comply with all rules established by the halfway house if detained in such facility.

(c) Participants in the zero-tolerance drug supervision program shall submit to periodic urinalysis drug tests. If the test produces a positive result, the participant may be detained in a halfway house facility for a period of two days.

(d) Any person who has submitted to a urinalysis drug test pursuant to subsection (c) of this section that produced a positive result may request that a second urinalysis drug test be administered, at such person's expense, to confirm the results of the first test, except that if the participant is determined to be indigent, based upon financial affidavits, the Board of Parole shall pay the cost of the test. The second drug test shall be a urinalysis drug test, separate and independent of the initial test. The participant may be detained in a halfway house pending the results of the second test. If such second test does not produce a positive result, the participant, if detained in a halfway house, shall be released and the fee, if paid by the participant, shall be refunded to the participant.

(e) If at any time during participation in the zero-tolerance drug supervision program, the chairman of the Board of Parole determines that the public safety will be served by the incarceration of a participant, such participant may be returned to a correctional facility.

(f) Not later than January 1, 2000, the chairman of the Board of Parole, the Commissioner of Correction and the Chief Court Administrator shall submit a report on the pilot zero-tolerance drug supervision program to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to criminal justice.

Sec. 2. This act shall take effect from its passage.

Approved May 27, 1999

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