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SB 63 - Authorizes Private Work-Oriented Rehbilitation Programs for Inmates - Key Vote

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Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (73-22) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorizes Private Work-Oriented Rehbilitation Programs for Inmates

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes the Department of Corrections to contract with private entities to establish work-oriented rehabilitation programs for inmates.

Highlights:
  • Authorizes the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections to establish contracts with private entities to develop joint plants, businesses, factories, or commercial enterprises in order to implement a work-oriented rehabilitation program for inmates (Sec. 1).
  • Requires the work facilities to be located on property owned or operated by the Department of Corrections (Sec. 2). 
  • Specifies that the participation of any inmate in the program is voluntary and will commence only after being informed of the conditions of his or her employment (Sec. 2). 
  • Requires the private entity to pay the Department of Corrections for each inmate enrolled in labor no less than the prevailing wage for work of a similar nature in the private sector (Sec. 2).
  • Limits the amount of inmate earnings deducted by the Department of Corrections and deposited into the Department of Corrections Special Revenue Fund to no more than 40 percent (Sec. 2). 
  • Authorizes the Department of Corrections to deposit up to an additional 40 percent of inmate earnings into a fund approved by a court of jurisdiction (Sec. 2).
  • Prohibits the Department of Corrections from selling the products of prison labor (Sec. 1). 
  • Requires the remainder of the inmate’s earnings to be credited to the inmate’s account to be used for expenses including, but not limited to, the following (Sec. 1):
    • Initial post imprisonment living expenses;
    • Restitution to victims; and
    • Support for the inmate's families.
  • Specifies that an inmate participating in the program is not considered an employee of the state and is not entitled to state employee benefits (Sec. 2). 
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (27-1) -
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Authorizes Private Work-Oriented Rehbilitation Programs for Inmates

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