Revision: Dec. 10, 2009, midnight
HB 1177 – AS INTRODUCED
HOUSE BILL 1177
This bill establishes a committee to study education and career development programs for youth and young adults in the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems.
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STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Ten
AN ACT establishing a committee to study education and career development programs for youth and young adults in the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems.
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
1 Statement of Purpose and Findings. The general court finds that New Hampshire’s recidivism rates and the soaring costs associated with them are unsustainable. It has also been determined that approximately 84 percent of inmates in the adult correctional facilities have special education and medical needs that must be addressed. Recent legislation, 2007, 242 (SB 18-FN), raised the age for compulsory school attendance and further emphasized the need for students to obtain a high school diploma or an equivalent GED. New Hampshire needs as many young people as possible to be educated, employed, and contributing to the wealth and prosperity of the state economy. Therefore, a legislative committee is proposed to study the education and career development programs available to individuals, between the ages of 17 and 21, who are in the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems.
2 Committee Established. There is established a committee to study education and career development programs for youth and young adults, 17 to 21 years of age, in the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems.
3 Membership and Compensation.
I. The members of the committee shall be as follows:
(a) Five members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.
(b) One member of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate.
II. Members of the committee shall receive mileage at the legislative rate when attending to the duties of the committee.
4 Duties. The committee shall:
I. Research evidence-based and long term sustained effects of educational and career development programs across the United States that have demonstrated a positive impact in serving youth and young adults in the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems.
II. Study the effectiveness of alternative sentencing and related educational and training programs.
III. Examine and document models for determinant sentences.
IV. Examine the efficacy of mental health and drug abuse prevention programs, family courts, and diversion, including pretrial and FAST programs, as deterrents to recidivism.
V. Identify training programs for court personnel and juvenile probation and protection officers that reflect current research on youth and young adult development.
VI. Research data systems that document and record progress of youth and young adults in juvenile and adult criminal justice who participate in educational and career development programs.
VII. Examine the effectiveness of incentives as deterrents to recidivism.
VIII. Study the current accountability methods and their relevance to evaluating effectiveness of proposed programs and services.
5 Chairperson; Quorum. The members of the study committee shall elect a chairperson from among the members. The first meeting of the committee shall be called by the first-named house member. The first meeting of the committee shall be held within 45 days of the effective date of this section. Four members of the committee shall constitute a quorum.
6 Report. The committee shall report its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation to the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, the house clerk, the senate clerk, the governor, and the state library on or before November 1, 2010.
7 Effective Date. This act shall take effect upon its passage.None