May 20, 2011

Calls still needed to oppose corrections bill

UPDATE: Friday afternoon, the bill was voted out with a "do pass" recommendation and now heads to Rules.

The House Ways and Means Committee also took up the Corrections bill, SB 5891, which still eliminates community supervision out of county jails and tolling.

“Tolling” is defined as the period of time in which confinement or community custody is paused and for which the offender does not receive credit toward the term ordered.

Federation Lobbyist Matt Zuvich said the union is still opposed to those parts of the bill. The reduction in community supervision is a safety issue.

“We see very little sense rewarding offenders who violate parole by not giving them more parole,” Zuvich said.

Committee staff said those provisions would cut 20.2 Community Corrections on the lowered supervision side and 47.4 positions by eliminating tolling.

CALL TO ACTION: Call 1-800-562-6000 and urge your two House members to oppose the provisions SB 5891 to reduce community supervision and eliminate tolling. Protect community safety.

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