2012 Session

Budget Amendments - HB29 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Jones
Co-Patron(s): Cosgrove
Chesapeake Jail Bubble (language only)

Item 380 #1h

Item 380 #1h

Public Safety
Corrections, Department of

Page 140, after line 32, insert:
"P. The Board of Corrections is authorized to provide a waiver from the construction requirements of the "Standards for Planning, Design, Construction, and Reimbursement of Local Correctional Facilities, and Minimum Standards for Local Jails and Lockups" to a locality proposing a jail enlargement project involving the use of a temporary structure for housing community custody inmates.  Such structure shall comply with all the applicable provisions of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code and the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code for its designated use and occupancy.  Such waiver shall not relieve the locality of the requirement for submission and Board approval of a community-based corrections plan and a construction planning study.  Any locality receiving such a waiver shall not be eligible for the construction funding reimbursement authorized pursuant to §§ 53.1-5 and 53.1-80 through 53.1-82, Code of Virginia, for such facility."

(This amendment provides language permitting the Board of Corrections to provide a waiver from the standards for the construction of local and regional jails for temporary housing structures used to house local inmates when that temporary structure complies with the statewide building and fire prevention codes. The locality must still submit a community-based corrections plan and construction planning study for the temporary structure. No funding reimbursement would be provided for a temporary structure. Currently, the only locality with a temporary housing structure is the City of Chesapeake.)