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State Responsible Inmates with Serious Mental Illness in Jails (language only)

Item 391 #2h

Item 391 #2h

Public Safety and Homeland Security
Department of Corrections

Language

Page 347, after line 24, insert:

"O. The Department of Corrections shall evaluate potential options to reduce the number of state-responsible inmates with serious mental illness who serve the entirety of their state-responsible sentences in, and are released directly from, local and regional jails. In its evaluation, the Department shall give consideration to (i) the number of state-responsible inmates with serious mental illness held in regional jails, the jails in which they are held, their diagnosis and the acuity of their symptoms, the length of their state-responsible sentence and the severity of their offense, and other such relevant demographic information; (ii) which among these offenders should be prioritized for transfer to a state correctional facility; (iii) the current inmate population with serious mental illness held in state correctional facilities, their diagnosis and the acuity of their symptoms, and the length of their sentence and the severity of their offenses; (iv) the facilities and services currently provided for the treatment of inmates with serious mental illness held in state correctional facilities; and, (v) what additional capital and operating resources would be needed by the Department to facilitate a reduction in the number of state-responsible of inmates with serious mental illness serving the entirety of their sentence in local and regional jails. The Department shall provide the results of its evaluation to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees no later than October 15, 2018."



Explanation

(This amendment requires the Department of Corrections to evaluate options to reduce the number of state-responsible inmates with serious mental illness serving the entirety of their state-responsible sentences in local and regional jails, and to report the findings of its evaluation to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees by October 15, 2018.)