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The probable fiscal impact of implementing the bill is indeterminate due to the unavailability of reliable data or information related to the age of victims of the offense of injury to a child, elderly individual, or disabled individual.
There is no significant fiscal implication.
This bill abridges the principle of limited government. While this mandatory minimum addresses a serious crime, there are already serious consequences. By adding mandatory minimums the law would not allow for adequate judicial discretion. Additionally, there are studies that show that the potential to have a sentence reduced for good behavior helps to incentivize rehabilitation and reduces recidivism.
Furthermore, the statute in question for which we would be sending people to prison for a mandatory minimum of ten years includes nonserious bodily injury and crimes of omission. For these reasons we oppose HB 3977 as a example of mandatory minimum sentencing that in some cases would likely be disproportionate to the crime.