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2020 Session

Budget Bill - HB30 (Chapter 1289)

Department of Corrections

Item 400

Item 400

First Year - FY2021Second Year - FY2022
Operation of Secure Correctional Facilities (39800)$827,521,957$828,555,397
Supervision and Management of Inmates (39802)FY2021 $525,472,406FY2022 $526,505,846
Rehabilitation and Treatment Services - Prisons (39803)FY2021 $46,571,380FY2022 $46,571,380
Prison Management (39805)FY2021 $71,104,654FY2022 $71,104,654
Food Services - Prisons (39807)FY2021 $40,296,693FY2022 $40,296,693
Agribusiness (39811)FY2021 $12,246,402FY2022 $12,246,402
Correctional Enterprises (39812)FY2021 $51,108,163FY2022 $51,108,163
Physical Plant Services - Prisons (39815)FY2021 $80,722,259FY2022 $80,722,259
Fund Sources: 
GeneralFY2021 $773,313,794FY2022 $774,347,234
SpecialFY2021 $54,208,163FY2022 $54,208,163

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


A. Included in this appropriation is $1,395,000 in the first year and $1,395,000 the second year from nongeneral funds for the purposes listed below. The source of the funds is commissions generated by prison commissary operations:


1. $220,000 the first year and $220,000 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. $1,100,000 the first year and $1,100,000 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 “FETCH" 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 to maintain the Contract Prisoners Special Revenue Fund on the books of the Commonwealth 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.


3. The Department of Corrections shall determine whether it may be possible to contract to house additional federal inmates or inmates from other states in space available within state correctional facilities. The department may, subject to the approval of the Governor, enter into such contracts, to the extent that sufficient bedspace may become available in state facilities for this purpose.


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 69 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. It is the intention of the General Assembly that § 53.1-47, the Code of Virginia, concerning articles and services produced or manufactured by persons confined in state correctional facilities, shall be construed such that the term "manufactured" articles shall include "remanufactured" articles.


G.1. The Department of Corrections, in coordination with the Virginia Supreme Court, shall continue to operate a behavioral correction program. Offenders eligible for such a program shall be those offenders: (i) who have never been convicted of a violent felony as defined in § 17.1-805 of the Code of Virginia and who have never been convicted of a felony violation of §§ 18.2-248 and 18.2-248.1 of the Code of Virginia; (ii) for whom the sentencing guidelines developed by the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission would recommend a sentence of four years or more in facilities operated by the Department of Corrections; and (iii) whom the court determines require treatment for drug or alcohol substance abuse. For any such offender, the court may impose the appropriate sentence with the stipulation that the Department of Corrections place the offender in an intensive therapeutic community-style substance abuse treatment program as soon as possible after receiving the offender. Upon certification by the Department of Corrections that the offender has successfully completed such a program of a duration of 24 months or longer, the court may suspend the remainder of the sentence imposed by the court and order the offender released to supervised probation for a period specified by the court.


2. If an offender assigned to the program voluntarily withdraws from the program, is removed from the program by the Department of Corrections for intractable behavior, fails to participate in program activities, or fails to comply with the terms and conditions of the program, the Department of Corrections shall notify the court, outlining specific reasons for the removal and shall reassign the defendant to another incarceration assignment as appropriate. Under such terms, the offender shall serve out the balance of the sentence imposed by the court, as provided by law.


3. The Department of Corrections shall collect the data and develop the framework and processes that will enable it to conduct an in-depth evaluation of the program three years after it has been in operation. The department shall submit a report periodically on the program to the Chief Justice as he may require and shall submit a report on the implementation of the program and its usage to the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security and the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees by June 30 of each year.


H. Included in the appropriation for this Item is $250,000 the first year and $250,000 the second year from nongeneral funds for a culinary arts program in which inmates are trained to operate food service activities serving agency staff and the general public. The source of the funds shall be revenues generated by the program. Any revenues so generated by the program shall not be subject to § 4-2.02 of this act and shall be used by the agency for the costs of operating the program. The State Comptroller shall continue to maintain the Inmate Culinary Arts Training Program Fund on the books of the Commonwealth to reflect the revenue and expenditures of this program.


I. Federal funds received by the Department of Corrections from the federal Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program shall be exempt from payment of statewide and agency indirect cost recoveries into the general fund.


J. The Department of Corrections shall continue to operate a separate program for inmates under 18 years old who have been tried and convicted as adults and committed to the Department of Corrections. This separation of these offenders from the general prison population is required by the requirements of the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act.


K. Included within the appropriation for this item is $70,000 the first year and $70,000 the second year from the general fund for the Sex Offender Residential Treatment Program.


L. Out of this appropriation, $6,831,121 the first year and $7,864,561 the second year from the general fund is provided to increase minimum salaries for correctional officers, sergeants, captains, lieutenants, and majors.