1997 Session

Budget Amendments - SB700 (Committee Approved)

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DOC Jail Contracting Language

Item 469 #2s

Item 469 #2s

First Year - FY1997 Second Year - FY1998
Public Safety
Community Corrections, Division of FY1997 $0 FY1998 ($2,574,159) GF

Page 306, strike lines 39-51 and insert:
"Within the limits of funds appropriated under Item 78, under the Subprogram Financial Assistance for Adult Confinement in Local Facilities, local and regional jails shall enter into agreements with the Director, Department of Corrections, to house state-responsible offenders and effect transfers of convicted state felons between and among local and regional jails.  Such agreements shall take precedence over any other contracts for housing non-state prisoners, within the limits of bedspace availability as defined pursuant to standards of the Board of Corrections, except in any case where a federal agency has contributed a share of the capital cost of the facility in return for a guarantee of a proportional number of beds.  Agreements shall be entered into for a period of one year, subject only to the limitations of available funding, with a minimum percentage of bedspace guaranteed by the local or regional jail.  Bedspace pursuant to such agreements shall be determined by the Director, Department of Corrections based upon state prisoner intake compliance, operational capacity of the jail, and current and expected prisoner population of the jail. In the case of housing state prisoners or such transfers there is authorized to be paid by the State Compensation Board to the localities an amount not to exceed $28 per state felon day, which shall be in addition to any such amounts otherwise authorized by this act.  Any such funds received by the localities as a result of this provision shall be used for the maintenance and operation of the local or regional facility.  The State Compensation Board shall serve as the fiscal agent for this program. The Department of Corrections shall provide quarterly reports on the status of the jail contracting program to the Governor and the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees, beginning on July 1, 1997."
Page 294, line 27, strike "1996" and insert "1997".

(This amendment provides authority for the Department of Corrections to expand jail contracting with local and regional jails in Virginia. This amendment also transfers $2,574,159 the second year from the general fund to the State Compensation Board in Item 78. This amount represents the base level of 250 jail contract beds. A companion amendment to Item 457 transfers another $6,132,000 to Item 78 to contract for another 600 beds, to account for the return of Virginia inmates from Texas. Another companion amendment to Item 78 provides $3,157,441 from the general fund the second year to expand jail contracting, for a total expansion of 1,250 beds by January, 1998. The State Compensation Board, acting as the fiscal agent for this program, will pay $28 per diem for state responsible prisoners housed under agreement pursuant to this program, in addition to amounts budgeted to the State Compensation Board for jail staffing. It is intended that these agreements shall take precedence over any other contracts for housing non-state prisoners in Virginia's local and regional jails, except in the case where a federal agency has contributed to the capital cost of a facility in return for a guarantee to contract for a proportional number of beds. This amendment further requires quarterly reporting on the status of the jail contracting program, and extends the reporting date for a joint subcommittee studying jail finance to December 20, 1997.)