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The General Assembly will convene its special session to reform the criminal justice system at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

While legislators don’t yet agree on three-strikes legislation, they do agree on a number of reforms that don’t require large budget appropriations. According to the Office of Fiscal Analysis the proposal is estimated to cost about $6.3 million in 2008 and $17.7 million in 2009.

“These proposals include establishing a new crime of ‘home invasion’ and classifying it as a violent crime; re-writing the state’s persistent offender statutes so career criminals serve more time in prison, and fixing the state’s broken parole system which has been described as a ‘total failure’,” Senate President Don Williams said Thursday in a press release.

Read the Office of Legislative Research’s analysis of the legislation here.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell has said that things such as prison re-entry programs will require an investment from the state and should be discussed during the budget adjustment session that begins Feb. 6. But based on the above proposal it looks like Democrats want to start funding some of the programs and reforms immediately.