April 3, 2012(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.
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).