Drug Law Revisions
Group: Criminal Justice Council
House Bill #19 w/HA 1 + SA 1, became effective 9/1/2011, is a revision of Delaware’s drug laws. Analysis of HB19 is difficult because the effective date was just a year prior to this analysis. The following is a preliminary analysis of this bill. Future analysis is required to determine the effects that this bill will have on Delaware’s criminal justice system. For this analysis two sets of data were gathered. One year of arrest, disposition, and sentencing data was gathered from 9/1/2010 through 8/31/2011. This data will be referred to as Pre HB19 data. One year of arrest, disposition, and sentencing data was gathered from 9/1/2011 through 8/31/2012. This data will be referred to as Post HB19 data. This analysis compares Pre and Post HB 19 arrest, disposition, and sentencing data. Arrest data was collected from the Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) and grouped into Pre and Post HB19 arrest data sets by arrest date. Disposition data was collected from the Judicial Information Center (JIC) by disposition date and was then grouped into Pre and Post HB19 data sets by using the date that the crime occurred. Sentencing information was then collected from DELSAC’s Superior Court Sentencing Database for the Pre and Post HB19 disposition groups.
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