2008 Session

Budget Bill - HB29 (Introduced)

Department of Corrections

Item 386

Item 386

First Year - FY2007Second Year - FY2008
Operation of Secure Correctional Facilities (39800)$795,727,389$857,045,953
Supervision and Management of Inmates (39802)FY2007 $413,368,857FY2008 $439,781,774
Rehabilitation and Treatment Services - Prisons (39803)FY2007 $28,210,097FY2008 $31,013,187
Prison Management (39805)FY2007 $66,025,151FY2008 $72,085,530
Food Services - Prisons (39807)FY2007 $38,107,914FY2008 $42,783,361
Medical and Clinical Services - Prisons (39810)FY2007 $120,006,084FY2008 $135,131,275
Agribusiness (39811)FY2007 $7,655,423FY2008 $7,655,423
Correctional Enterprises (39812)FY2007 $53,251,726FY2008 $54,251,726
Physical Plant Services - Prisons (39815)FY2007 $69,102,137FY2008 $74,343,677
Fund Sources:  
GeneralFY2007 $740,265,663FY2008 $800,584,227
SpecialFY2007 $55,461,726FY2008 $56,461,726

Authority: §§ 53.1-1, 53.1-5, 53.1-8, and 53.1-10, Code of Virginia.

A. Included in this appropriation is $725,000 in the first year and $725,000 the second year from nongeneral funds for the purposes listed below. The source of the funds is commissions generated by prison commissary operations:

1. $150,000 the first year and $150,000 the second year for Assisting Families of Inmates, Inc., to provide transportation for family members to visit offenders in prison and other ancillary services to family members;

2. $600,000 the first year and $600,000 the second year for distribution to organizations that work to enhance faith-based services to inmates; and

3. $75,000 the first year and $75,000 the second year for the Save Our Shelters “Pen Pals” program.

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

2.. The State Comptroller shall continue 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.

C. The Department of Corrections may enter into agreements with local and regional jails to house state-responsible offenders in such facilities and to effect transfers of convicted state felons between and among such jails. Such agreements shall be governed by the provisions of Item 60 of this act.

D.  To the extent that the Department of Corrections privatizes food services, the Department shall also seek to maximize agribusiness operations.

E.  Notwithstanding the provisions of § 53.1-45, Code of Virginia, the Department of Corrections is authorized to sell on the open market and through the Virginia Farmers' Market Network any dairy, animal, or farm products of which the Commonwealth imports more than it exports.

F.  The Department of Corrections shall administer a STATIC-99 screening to all potential sexually violent predators eligible for civil commitment pursuant to § 37.2-900 et. seq., Code of Virginia, within six months of their admission to the custody of the department.  The results of such screenings shall be provided monthly to the Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services.

G.  Included in the appropriation for this Item is $7,388,675 from the general fund the second year for a plan providing additional compensation for correctional officers and supervisors.  The plan shall include a $1,200 increase in the salary of each correctional officer and a $600 increase in the salary of each correctional supervisor, effective November 25, 2007.  The plan shall also include salary increases related to geographic location, salary increases for long-term officers and supervisors in order to address salary compression issues, and additional compensation for officers serving in special roles that benefit their facilities.  This appropriation is contingent upon the Department of Corrections officially adopting a compensation plan incorporating these principles and submitting the plan to the Department of Human Resources Management for review and to the Secretaries of Public Safety and Finance for final approval. Copies of the approved plan shall be provided to the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees.

H. The Department of Corrections shall review the population and labor force projections for those jurisdictions in Virginia in which correctional facilities are currently located or may potentially be located in the future. The department's review shall include consideration of manpower development strategies that may be required to ensure an adequate labor supply for current and future correctional facilities. The Department shall consult with the Department of Human Resources Management, the Virginia Employment Commission, and the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia in preparation for this review. An interim report shall be provided to the Secretary of Public Safety and to the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees by October 1, 2007, with a final report to be provided by June 30, 2008.