2008 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Conference Report)

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Inmate Education Program (language only)

Item 390 #3c

Item 390 #3c

Public Safety
Corrections, Department of

Page 360, after line 6, insert:
"J.  The Department of Corrections, the Department of Correctional Education, and Liberty University shall develop a Memorandum of Agreement for the provision of either a secured on-line or self-contained computer-based program by Liberty University for the provision of post-secondary instruction to offenders to improve their ability to reenter society successfully upon their release from prison.  Following the approval of and based upon this Memorandum of Agreement, this program of instruction shall be established on a pilot basis at Green Rock Correctional Center using computer equipment and program content provided by Liberty University, beginning no later than November 1, 2008, and operating for no fewer than three semesters, unless security requirements dictate otherwise.  The Departments of Corrections and Correctional Education shall provide a report on the implementation of this program by July 1, 2010, to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees.  The report shall include, but not be limited to, the types of offenders participating in this program, the educational progress that has been made by the participants, post-secondary credits which the participants may have earned, disciplinary actions taken against program participants, and whether such a program can or should be replicated for use in other correctional facilities."

(This amendment requires the Departments of Corrections and Correctional Education, in partnership with Liberty University, to develop a computer-based offender reentry program at Green Rock Correctional Center providing post-secondary education.)