2021 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1800 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Kory
Subsidize Prison Family Video Visitation

Item 400 #1h

Item 400 #1h

First Year - FY2021 Second Year - FY2022
Public Safety and Homeland Security
Department of Corrections FY2021 $0 FY2022 $250,000 GF

Page 476, line 30, strike "$821,331,843" and insert "$821,581,843".

Page 478, after line 25, insert:

"N. Included in this appropriation is $250,000 the second year from the general fund for the expansion and subsidization of the family video visitation services in its secure correctional facilities."


(This amendment provides $250,000 the second year from the general fund to expand inmate access to and offset inmate costs of using prison family video visitation services. The purpose of this legislative budget amendment is to promote public safety by allowing constructive reintegration for offenders with their families and children, to increase family and community ties prior to the release of the offender, to decrease the likelihood of recidivism and to reduce State financial burdens by actively engaging non-custodial parents in the support and parenting of their children. This amendment is also intended to subsidize rates to assure family visitations. This program strategy focuses on meeting the challenges that impede family reunification and to be integrated into other transitional programs to establish, reestablish or maintain family ties and communications.)