1999 Session

Budget Bill - HB1450 (Introduced)

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Division of Institutions

Item 472

Item 472

First Year - FY1999Second Year - FY2000
Secure Confinement (35700)$328,983,981
Adult Rehabilitation and Treatment Services (35701)FY1999 $21,691,232FY2000 $21,834,617
Adult Security (35702)FY1999 $307,292,749
FY2000 $323,146,715
Fund Sources:  
GeneralFY1999 $296,770,051
FY2000 $292,772,496
SpecialFY1999 $32,213,930
FY2000 $52,208,836

Authority: §§ 53.1-12, 53.1-19, 53.1-23, 53.1-24, 53.1-42, 53.1-43, 53.1-138, 53.1-188 and 53.1-190, Code of Virginia.

A.1. The Department of Corrections shall continue to implement recommendations made in the report "Security Staffing in Adult Facilities of the Virginia Department of Corrections". Changes to facility post audits shall be made in accordance with the methodology prescribed in the report and approved by the Director or his designee. Security positions added at or subsequent to the 1998 Session of the General Assembly for any correctional center or field unit shall not be filled until post audits have been completed and approved as provided in the above report.

2.a. Included in this appropriation is $11,980,485 the second year from the general fund to provide salary increases to corrections officers and corrections officer supervisors, effective November 25, 1999. The increases, which are in addition to any other compensation supplements provided by this act, shall be provided on the basis of a plan developed by the Department of Corrections in conjunction with the Department of Personnel and Training and approved by the Secretary of Public Safety.

b. The plan, at a minimum, shall provide for pay step increases for all position classifications and the establishment of a career development program for corrections officers. To accomplish the latter goal, the plan shall provide for the establishment of two additional classifications within the correctional officer classification series--Corrections Officer First Class and Corrections Master Officer. The plan shall include the standards for movement into the Corrections Officer First Class and Corrections Master Officer classifications. Such standards shall include, but are not limited to, job related knowledge, skills and abilities, physical conditioning and agility, educational attainment, and disciplinary record. To the extent feasible, objective forms of measurement shall be used to identify those persons qualified for movement to Corrections Officer First Class and Corrections Master Officer classifications.

c. The approved plan shall be submitted to the Governor and the chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees by November 1, 1999.

B. The Department of Corrections, in cooperation with the Departments of Conservation and Recreation, Game and Inland Fisheries, and Forestry, shall continue to pursue the use of inmates assigned to work projects at state parks and natural areas, wildlife management areas, fishing lakes, boat ramps and forests. A progress report on the implementation of this program shall be presented to the Governor and Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees by October 1 of each year.

C. The total number of inmates for which support costs are provided to the Department of Corrections, based on projected average daily populations in state facilities, is 27,678 the first year and 28,983 the second year. Included in this appropriation is $87,542,824 the first year and $89,499,808 the second year from the general fund for direct support of persons incarcerated in facilities operated by the Department of Corrections. The level of funding is based on the projected average daily population of those facilities.

D. Included in this appropriation is $42,000 the first year and $42,000 the second year from special funds which shall be paid to the Prison Visitation Project, Inc. The funding to support this appropriation shall be provided from profits generated by prison commissary operations.

E.1.a. Included in this appropriation is $17,705,871 $17,835,033 the first year and $16,441,763 the second year from the general fund to contract for private financing, maintenance, and operation of one 1,500-bed medium security facility located in Brunswick County.

b. Such contract may, subject to approval of the Governor and the provisions of § 53.1-262, Code of Virginia, provide for the private construction, financing, maintenance and operation of facilities on lands currently owned by the Department of Corrections. The Department is also authorized to use these funds for reasonable oversight costs associated with the private prison contracts.

2. The General Assembly finds that a request-for-proposal having been issued and a prime vendor having been selected, the Department may enter into a contract for the financing, design, construction, and operation of a 1,000-bed medium security private prison in Charlotte County when the following criteria are met: 1) the Secretary of Public Safety certifies that the official state responsible inmate forecast shows a need for additional beds within three years when compared to existing, authorized, or contracted Department of Corrections bed capacity; 2) the Department of Planning and Budget has completed an analysis showing that this contract provides a cost-benefit to the Commonwealth when compared to alternative means of providing this facility; and 3) the State Treasurer, the Attorney General, and the Department of General Services have reviewed the form and content of any proposed contract, pursuant to § 2.1 of Title 53.1, Code of Virginia. Such certification, and the results of the analyses and reviews, shall be presented to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees at least 30 days prior to signing of any contract.

3. The Department shall not enter into any contract which will result in an inmate in the custody of the Commonwealth of Virginia being housed in a facility not directly operated by the Commonwealth of Virginia or its political subdivisions, unless the governing body of the locality in which such non-state facility is located has consented, by formal resolution, to the location and operation of such facility within its borders.

4. Private financing as permitted by § 53.1-262.5 e 53.1-262, Code of Virginia, may be used so long as the maximum amount payable by the Commonwealth under capital lease, lease-purchase or similar arrangements annually shall not exceed the dollar amount of the appropriation.

5. The Department of Corrections shall evaluate the long-term cost and effectiveness of the privately-operated Lawrenceville Correctional Center before the expiration of the existing contract between the department and the operator of that facility. The evaluation shall include the facility’s compliance with state and national professional standards, the effectiveness of education and treatment programs, the overall security of the facility, the conditions under which prisoners are incarcerated, the maintenance of the physical facility, and the cost-effectiveness of the facility’s operating procedures, as well as any other factors the department considers relevant. As part of this evaluation, the department shall assess whether design features and operating procedures used by the private facility can also be used by the department in its facilities to reduce their operating costs without compromising security and public safety. By October 1, 1999, the department shall submit the evaluation design, including a schedule for collecting data and reporting its findings, to the Secretary of Public Safety for review and approval.

F. The Department shall seek up to $1,300,000 each year in federal funds from the Department of Criminal Justice Services to establish a structured treatment program for youthful offenders at St. Brides Correctional Center and to expand intensive substance abuse treatment services at Botetourt Correctional Field Unit, Virginia Correctional Center for Women, and Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women. The Department shall submit quarterly reports on its progress in implementing this program to the Secretary of Public Safety and the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees, beginning July 1, 1998.

G. Subject to the conditions stated in this Item and with the prior written approval of the Director of the Department of Planning and Budget, there is hereby reappropriated the unexpended balance, remaining at the close of business on June 30, 1998, in the appropriations made from Items 457 and 459 of Chapter 924, Acts of Assembly of 1997. Any such balances shall have been committed to the purchase of equipment for Red Onion, Wallens Ridge, or Sussex II State Prisons and costs associated with the expansion of Mecklenburg Correctional Center and shall be used only for such purpose.

H.1. The Department of Corrections is authorized to contract with another other governmental entity entities to house male and female prisoners from that jurisdiction those jurisdictions in facilities operated by the Department.

2.a The State Comptroller shall establish the Contract Prisoners Special Revenue Fund on the Commonwealth Accounting and Reporting System to reflect the activities of contracts between the Commonwealth of Virginia and other governmental entities for the housing of prisoners in facilities operated by the Virginia Department of Corrections.

b. The Department of Corrections shall have the responsibility for recording and maintaining all appropriate accounting records and financial reporting of the Fund in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. The State Comptroller and the Auditor of Public Accounts shall periodically review the Department's accounting and financial procedures for compliance with the requirement of this subparagraph.

c. The Secretary of Finance shall provide the department anticipation loans in such amounts as may be needed to pay the expenses included in subdivision d of this subsection and to make the transfers required in § 3-1.01 T of this act. Such loans shall be based on the revenue anticipated from payments by other jurisdictions for housing their prisoners and, notwithstanding the provisions of § 4-3.02 b of this act, may be extended for a period longer than twelve months.

d. Included in the appropriation for this item is $24,974,858 the first year and $50,115,275 the second year from nongeneral funds. The source of $1,000,000 of the nongeneral funds in the first year is the Corrections Special Reserve Fund established pursuant to § 30-19.1:4 of the Code of Virginia. The nongeneral fund source of the remainder of the funds for the first year and all of the funds in the second year is the Contract Prisoners Special Revenue Fund. These funds shall be used to pay the following estimated expenses:



Operation of St. Brides Correctional Center



Operation of Wallens Ridge State Prison



Operation of Sussex II Correctional Center



Transportation of out-of-state prisoners


Classification and training expenses