2001 Session

Budget Amendments - SB800 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Stolle
Transportation of Inmates To Court (language only)

Item 437 #1s

Item 437 #1s

Public Safety
Corrections, Central Activities, Department of

Page 400, following line 11, insert:
"D.  The Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees shall jointly study the statutory and budgetary provisions governing the cost and responsibility for transportation of inmates who are either defendants or witnesses in either civil or criminal cases from state correctional facilities to court.  The committees shall present their report to the 2002 Session of the General Assembly.  It is the intention of the General Assembly that the Department of Corrections and the Sheriffs shall continue to provide such transportation of inmates to court as necessary, pursuant to their current formal and informal arrangements, agreements, and practices, through June 30, 2002, pending the outcome of this study."

(This amendment provides for the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees to study the cost and responsibility for transporting inmates from prison to court, and expresses legislative intent that current practices be continued pending the outcome of this study, so that appropriate adjustments in statutes and agency budgets may be made, as necessary, effective July 1, 2002. This amendment is suggested to resolve the uncertainties arising as a result of the cases "Commonwealth of Virginia v. Gladys Frazier" and "Commonwealth of Virginia v. Teresa Diane Jefferson," in the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit, which have suggested the need for the General Assembly to clarify the statutory and budgetary responsibility for transporting criminal defendants.)