Bill Summary for S 579 (2019-2020)

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Oct 9 2019

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View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
Senate Bill 579 (Public) Filed Wednesday, April 3, 2019
AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM EVALUATION COMMITTEE TO DIRECT THE PROGRAM EVALUATION DIVISION TO STUDY ALTERNATIVE ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT STRUCTURES FOR THE DIVISION OF ADULT CORRECTION AND JUVENILE JUSTICE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY.
Intro. by Steinburg, McKissick, Sanderson.

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House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.

Modifies the directives set forth regarding the Program Evaluation Division's study of alternative organization and management structures of the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice (Division) of the Department of Public Safety (DPS). Requires the Program Evaluation Division (PED) to also consult with the Fiscal Research Division in addition to DPS.

Modifies the four identified alternatives to be studied. No longer includes a transfer of the authority, powers, duties, and functions of the Treatment of Effective Community Supervision Program and the Justice Reinvestment Council in the first and third identified alternatives for creating the Department of Correction and establishing the Division of Correction. Additionally, consistently refers to creating the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention throughout the second identified alternative (previously, also referred to as the Department of Juvenile Justice). Modifies the fourth identified alternative to provide for the establishment of the Division of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (previously, the Division of Juvenile Justice). Makes further clarifying, organizational, and technical changes to the fourth identified alternative. Adds a fifth alternative to be studied: establishment of the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice. Details the transfer of authorities, powers, duties, and functions involved in this alternative. Provides that the new Division would be an independent agency, administratively located in DPS, and managed under the direction and supervision of the Director who would serve as chief executive officer of the Division and be solely responsible for the Division's management.

Also modifies and adds to the information to be studied for each of the five identified alternatives. Adds an analysis of the separation of specified support areas and any other necessary aspects to the organization information to be studied for each alternative. Adds an analysis of the financial means necessary to cover the structural budget of each function currently and under any proposed alternative to the budget information required to be included in the study for each alternative. Regarding the written statement of all relevant considerations required to be included for each identified alternative in the study, adds a new requirement for the inclusion of any impact separation might have on coordination and cooperation between agencies concerning intelligence sharing, joint law enforcement operations, and training. Adds a new requirement for a cost analysis to be included in the study for each identified alternative, specifically including the full cost of a new department of division, inclusive of indirect costs, and the cost to fund incentive programs and address any structural budget deficits. 

Changes the date by which PED must submit its findings to the specified NCGA committees, from May 1, 2020, to November 1, 2020.

Makes conforming changes.

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