1997 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1600 (Committee Approved)

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Texas inmate per diem savings

Item 457 #4h

Item 457 #4h

First Year - FY1997 Second Year - FY1998
Public Safety
Institutions, Division of FY1997 ($774,000) FY1998 ($5,228,308) GF

Page 296, line 18, strike "$256,408,607" and insert "$255,634,607".
Page 296, line 18, strike "$302,165,834" and insert "$296,937,526".
Page 297, line 29, strike "8,425,977" and insert "7,651,977".
Page 297, line 30, strike "14,257,960" and insert "9,029,652".
Page 298, after line 31, insert:
"7. Not later than May 31, 1997, the Department of Corrections shall cease placement of inmates in contractual facilities outside the boundaries of the Commonwealth of Virginia where such placements have been made due to a lack of space in Virginia prisons."

(This amendment directs the Department of Corrections to terminate the out-of-state contract for housing Virginia inmates and removes funds appropriated for that contract. Approximately 600 Virginia inmates are currently housed under contract in a facility located in Newton County, Texas, at a cost of $43 per day. These inmates were originally scheduled to return to Virginia upon completion of a new private medium security prison in Brunswick County. That facility is scheduled to be completed and begin loading inmates in January 1998. A lower inmate population forecast presented to the Governor and General Assembly in October 1996, combined with trends indicating that the next forecast could be lowered even further, make this action possible.)