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Summary: Interested parties note that state jails were originally intended as a diversion from more costly state prison incarceration for state jail felons. SB 1173 would require a presentence report to be presented to a judge in the case of a state jail felony. This report would contain recommendations for conditions of community supervision. This bill would require a judge prior to sentencing in a state jail felony case to review the presentence report. This bill would allow the judge to sentence the defendant to community supervision, excluding cases of certain controlled substances.
Analysis: SB 1173 could potentially save the taxpayers money and reduce recidivism. Community supervision aids individuals in their reintegration into society. We recommend voting YES on SB 1173.