2010 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Committee Approved)

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Geriatric Release Facility (language only)

Item 380 #6s

Item 380 #6s

Public Safety
Corrections, Department of

Page 259, after line 23, insert:
"J.1  The Department of Corrections, with support from the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission, the Parole Board, and the Departments of Medical Assistance Services and Planning and Budget, shall consider the feasibility and desirability of establishing a geriatric parole release facility for older correctional inmates with special medical needs, who could be released on parole on the condition of living in this special facility.  Such a facility should include sufficient security provisions to restrict residents who might attempt to leave without staff permission, but should otherwise not be deemed a correctional facility.  The Department shall consider whether an existing state facility which has been closed might be a suitable location for such a facility, and whether the services provided in such a facility might be eligible for Medicaid reimbursement.  The Department shall issue a request for proposals for a privately owned and operated geriatric parole release facility.  A report on the results of this review, including the response to the request for proposals,  the expected numbers of geriatric offenders who might be paroled to such a facility over the next six years, and a cost analysis of contracting for such a facility compared to maintaining the same offenders in a state correctional facility, shall be provided to the Secretary of Public Safety and the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees by November 15, 2010."

(This amendment authorizes a review of the feasibility of creating a geriatric parole release facility for older offenders. This is one of a series of amendments to enable the criminal justice system to manage its workload effectively during a period of severe budget reductions.)