CSAO: Judiciary Committee - S. B. No. 1024 - S.B. No. 1042

Judiciary Committee - S. B. No. 1024 - S.B. No. 1042

TESTIMONY OF THE DIVISION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE

IN SUPPORT OF:

S.B. No. 1024 (RAISED) AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO EVALUATE CRIMINAL STATUTES OF LIMITATIONS.

JOINT COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
March 20, 2017

IN OPPOSITION TO:

S.B. No. 1042 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR THE PROSECUTION OF SEXUAL ASSAULT.

JOINT COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
March 24, 2017

The Division of Criminal Justice supports the concept of S.B. No. 1024, An Act Establishing a Task Force to Evaluate Criminal Statutes of Limitations, and would respectfully recommend the Committee’s JOINT FAVORABLE SUBSTITUTE REPORT.

S.B. No. 1024 establishes a task force to examine the statute of limitations for the prosecution of criminal offenses as provided in Chapter 966, Sections 54-193 through 54-193b of the General Statutes. Such an examination is in order from time to time particularly in light of continuing advances in forensic science and technology that allow law enforcement to solve crimes years after the offense is committed.

The Division would respectfully request that the bill be amended to include in the membership of the task force a prosecutorial official appointed by the Division of Criminal Justice Advisory Board established pursuant to Section 51-279a of the General Statutes. This board, established by the General Assembly in 1989, is comprised of the Chief State’s Attorney and the State’s Attorneys from each of the 13 Judicial Districts. Its charge is "to advise on state-wide prosecutorial standards and guidelines and other policy matters …"

The advisory board, at its most recent meeting, agreed that the task force proposed in S.B. No. 1024 would be well-served by the addition of a prosecutor who, like the State’s Attorneys who comprise the board, serves on the "front lines" of the criminal justice system and confronts concerns with the statute of limitations in the regular course of business. The board believes the task force would be better balanced and more representative of the criminal justice system as a whole with the addition to its membership of a State’s Attorney or other prosecutor.

Accordingly, the Division respectfully recommends the Committee’s JOINT FAVORABLE SUBSTITUTE REPORT for S.B. No. 1024 to add to the task force membership a prosecutorial official appointed by the Division of Criminal Justice Advisory Board.

S.B. No. 1042 proposes to extend to ten years the statute of limitations on prosecutions for a variety of sexual assault offenses. The Division respectfully recommends that the Committee take NO ACTION on this bill to allow the study proposed in S.B. No. 1042 to be undertaken.

In conclusion, the Division thanks the Committee for affording this opportunity to provide input on this matter and would be happy to provide any additional information the Committee might require or to answer any questions that you might have.



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