2014 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: LeMunyon
Creation of Prisoner Reentry Fund

Item 385 #12h

Item 385 #12h

First Year - FY2015 Second Year - FY2016
Public Safety
Corrections, Department of FY2015 ($3,100,000) FY2016 ($3,100,000) GF
FY2015 $3,100,000 FY2016 $3,100,000 NGF

Page 321, after line 47, insert:
"N.  Out of the amounts collected by the department from the commissions earned on the inmate telephone system, $3,100,000 the first year and $3,100,000 the second year in nongeneral fund revenue is directed to the creation of the Prisoner Re-entry Fund proposed in House Bill 414 of the 2014 Session of the General Assembly.  These nongeneral funds represent 90 percent of the commissions that would otherwise be deposited into the general fund."

(This amendment provides for the creation of the Prisoner Re-entry Fund proposed in House Bill 414. House Bill 414 restricts the transfer of commissions from the inmate phone system to the general fund to no more than 10 percent of the actual commissions earned by the Department of Corrections on the operation of the inmate phone system. These commissions, which represent earnings in excess of the costs of the vendor operating the inmate phone system are deposited into the general fund. Consequently, the creation of this Prisoner Re-entry Fund would diminish general fund revenue by about $3.1 million per year based on the total amount of commissions earned in 2013.)