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Substitute House Bill No. 6596

Public Act No. 11-148

AN ACT ESTABLISHING ADVISORY COMMITTEES TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION IN CERTAIN MUNICIPALITIES.

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

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2011) (a) The Department of Correction shall establish an advisory committee in each municipality in which a correctional facility is located and in which a public safety committee has not been established pursuant to section 18-81h of the general statutes. The committee shall be composed of the warden of the correctional facility and five members, appointed jointly by the members of the General Assembly who represent the municipality, one of whom shall represent the business community, one of whom shall represent a social services agency, one of whom shall represent the local law enforcement agency and two of whom shall represent the community at large. No member of the committee shall be a person who is serving a period of probation or parole.

(b) The committee shall meet not less than quarterly and at such other times as deemed necessary to discuss the demographics of the facility's inmate population, policies and practices of the department, facility programming and reentry initiatives.

(c) On or before January 1, 2012, the committee shall submit a report, in accordance with section 11-4a of the general statutes, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the Department of Correction that outlines issues of concern and makes recommendations to mitigate such concerns.

Approved July 8, 2011