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Bill Detail: HB23-1037

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Title Department Of Corrections Earned Time For College Program Completion
Status Governor Signed (04/12/2023)
Bill Subjects
  • Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
House Sponsors M. Martinez (D)
R. Pugliese (R)
Senate Sponsors J. Gonzales (D)
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee Judiciary
Date Introduced 01/09/2023

Under existing law, an inmate in the custody of the department of
corrections (department) may have earned time deducted from the
inmate's sentence for meeting certain statutory requirements. The bill
permits an inmate sentenced for a nonviolent felony offense to have
earned time deducted from the inmate's sentence for each accredited
degree or other credential awarded by an accredited institution of higher
education to the inmate while the inmate is incarcerated, in the following
  • One year of earned time for receiving an associate,
baccalaureate, or graduate degree; and
  • 6 months of earned time for receiving a certificate or other
The bill requires the general assembly to annually appropriate the
savings incurred during the prior state fiscal year as a result of the release
of inmates from correctional facilities because of earned time granted for
completion of a higher education degree or credential, as follows:
  • 50% of the savings to the department of corrections to
facilitate inmates enrolling in and completing accredited
higher education programs; and
  • 50% of the savings to the department of higher education
for allocation to institutions of higher education that offer
accredited programs in correctional facilities.

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