SB 551
Modifies provisions relating to drug offenses and substance abuse treatment
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Last Action:
3/23/2009 - Hearing Cancelled S Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2009

Current Bill Summary

SB 551 - Currently, chronic nonviolent offenders with substance abuse addiction can receive long-term drug treatment from the Department of Corrections. This act would allow such nonviolent persons to receive such treatment when they are eligible for probation and parole, and have:

(1) Pleaded guilty to or been found guilty of two prior felonies; or

(2) Completed a one hundred twenty day treatment program for a methamphetamine offense and have either subsequently pleaded guilty to or been found guilty of a drug offense or have violated terms of probation and the substance abuse was a precipitating or contributing factor in the commission of the probation violation.

Currently, an offender's first time incarceration in the department under the long-term drug treatment program or a one hundred twenty day treatment program is not considered a previous prison commitment under the minimum sentencing requirements. The act removes these provisions from law. Also under this act, methamphetamine offenses shall be subject to the minimum sentencing requirements.

In any case when the offender has committed a distribution, unlawful purchase with a minor, manufacturing, or production of methamphetamine offense that is a Class A or B felony, he or she must serve one hundred twenty days in the Department of Corrections before being eligible for probation or parole.