2004 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5001 (Conference Report)

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Jail Contract Bed Report Requirement (language only)

Item 420 #6c

Item 420 #6c

Public Safety
Institutions, Division of

Page 321, line 31, after "D.", insert "1."
Page 321, after line 36, insert:
"2.  The Department shall prepare a plan to house a total of 1,000 state-responsible offenders in such local and regional jails as it may deem appropriate, pursuant to the jail contract bed program, during the 2004-06 biennium.  
The plan shall include an analysis of potential impediments to the expansion of the contract bed program, including, but not limited to, the extent to which current arrangements for housing federal prisoners may be absorbing jail capacity which could otherwise be used for this program.  As a companion to this plan, the Department shall submit a budget amendment to the Department of Planning and Budget requesting the anticipated funds required to implement this plan, either in full or in part.  As approved by the Secretary of Public Safety, the plan and associated request for funding shall be presented to the Governor and the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees by September 15, 2004."

(This amendment directs the Department of Corrections to prepare a plan to expand the Jail Contract Bed program from its current utilization of approximately 200 beds to a total of 1,000 beds during the 2004-06 biennium. Under this program, the Commonwealth pays $28 per diem for state-responsible offenders, compared to the usual rate of $14 per diem.)