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Prisons and Other Methods of Correction
Sheriffs; courthouse and courtroom security. Provides that each sheriff shall ensure that the courthouses and courtrooms within his jurisdiction are secure from violence and disruption and shall designate deputies for this purpose.
Patron - Landes
Work release; home/electronic incarceration. Eliminates the blanket authority of a jail administrator to assign a person to a work release or home/electronic incarceration program, and instead provides that a sheriff may designate a deputy sheriff or regional jail administrator to assign offenders to work release or home/electronic incarceration programs.
Patron - Bell
Department of Corrections; duties. Requires the Department of Corrections to maintain, on each prisoner sentencing information data form, the name of the defendant, the criminal sentencing guideline score, and the criminal sentencing guideline worksheet.
Patron - Moran
Transportation of prisoners. Provides that the Department of Corrections shall provide all transportation to and from court for any prisoner in connection with a crime committed within a state correctional facility, or a facility operated pursuant to the Corrections Private Management Act (§ 53.1-261 et seq.), unless the affected sheriff and the Department agree on other transportation.
Patron - Armstrong
Superintendents and jail officers; fees for transportation, etc. Allows superintendents and jail officers to charge reasonable fees for security, supervision and transportation provided for prisoners taken to a funeral or graveside service.
Patron - Hurt
Sheriffs; payment to defray cost of jail confinement. Clarifies that payments made to defray costs of weekend and nonconsecutive days in jail are to be remitted to the treasurer of the appropriate county or city and that such assessment is in addition to any other fees prescribed by law.
Patron - Purkey
Processes for notification regarding restoration of civil rights. Requires the Director of the Department of Corrections to provide notice to felons on completion of sentence of the processes to apply for restoration of voting rights and civil rights. The bill requires the Director to compile information on the Department's compliance with the notification requirements on an annual basis, and it requires the Supreme Court to ensure that standardized petition forms are available at all circuit court clerks' offices.
Patron - Moran
Department of Corrections Academy for Staff Development. Requests the State Board of Corrections to name the Department of Corrections Academy for Staff Development located at 1900 River Road West in Crozier, Virginia in honor of the late Paul W. Keve. Mr. Keve had a distinguished career in the field of corrections as a scholar, instructor, and administrator.
Patron - Bloxom
Board of Corrections; extraordinary service credits for prisoners. Allows the Board of Corrections to grant extraordinary service credits to state-responsible prisoners confined in local correctional facilities in the same manner as those confined in state correctional facilities.
Patron - Norment
Parole Board. Allows the Parole Board to be composed of up to five members (currently, it is five members), requires that the Chairman be a full-time state employee, and allows the Governor to designate no more than two other members as full-time state employees. The other members, if any, are part-time state employees. The bill also requires the Board to notify the attorney for the Commonwealth of the sentencing jurisdiction by certified mail at least 21 business days prior to release on parole of any inmate convicted of a felony and sentenced to a term of 10 or more years, and to endeavor diligently to contact the victim prior to making any decision to release any inmate on discretionary parole. However, in the case of parole granted for medical reasons, where death is imminent, the attorney for the Commonwealth may be notified by telephone or other electronic means prior to release.
Patron - Miller, Y.B.
Stores or commissaries in local correctional facilities. Clarifies that funds from the operation of a store, commissary or inmate telephone program in local correctional facilities shall be considered public funds.
Patron - Stolle
Courthouse and courtroom security; assessment. Provides that each sheriff shall designate deputies for the purpose of ensuring that the courthouses and courtrooms within his jurisdiction are secure from violence and disruption. Additionally, the bill provides that any county or city may assess a sum not in excess of five dollars as part of the costs in each criminal or traffic case in its district or circuit court in which the defendant is convicted. The assessment shall be collected by the clerk of the court, remitted to the treasurer and held by the treasurer subject to appropriation by the governing body to the sheriff's office for the funding of courthouse security. The assessment provision shall expire on July 1, 2004.
Patron - Stolle
Virginia Correctional Enterprises; purchases by certain state entities. Provides that departments, institutions and agencies of the Commonwealth are required to purchase articles and services manufactured or produced by state inmates if the articles have been determined by these entities to be available and of a competitive quality and price.
Patron - O'Brien
Parole Board; membership. Reduces the Parole Board to three members. This bill contains technical amendments consistent with the recodification of Title 2.2. This bill is incorporated into SB 647.
Patron - Marye
Interstate Compact for the Supervision of Adult Offenders. This bill establishes a new interstate compact to replace the existing Compact. The Compact takes effect on the later of July 1, 2002, or the date that 35 states adopt the Compact. Under the new Compact, an Interstate Commission is created. The Commission's duties include establishing uniform procedures to manage the movement of adult offenders under community supervision between participating states; ensuring the opportunity for input and providing a timely notice to victims and jurisdictions where offenders are authorized to travel or relocate across state lines; establishing a uniform data collection system; monitoring compliance of interstate movement of offenders and initiating interventions to address noncompliance; and coordinating training programs regarding interstate movement for officials involved in such activities. Each Compacting State is responsible for supervision of adult offenders in its communities who are authorized by the Compact to travel across state lines. Such responsibilities include tracking the location of offenders, transferring supervision, and returning offenders to originating jurisdictions. The bill also creates a council to oversee the operations of the compact within Virginia.
Patron - Rerras
Restoration of the civil right to be eligible to register to vote to certain persons. Revises the procedure for seeking restoration through a petition to the circuit court by eliminating the requirement that the petitioner wait five or more years after completion of sentence, probation, and parole before filing the petition.
Patron - Jones, J.C.
Corrections; medical costs. Requires the State, in its annual appropriation to local correctional facilities, to compensate localities for two-thirds of the extraordinary medical costs incurred for treatment provided to state-responsible inmates. Such costs will be determined by the excess over the average medical cost per inmate day as determined by the Compensation Board.
Patron - Jones, J.C.
Department of Corrections; inmate collect call system. Provides that any commission or rebate received or realized by the Department of Corrections from a contractor providing inmate telephone services shall be used to reduce the surcharge or rates paid for inmate calls under any inmate collect call system beginning July 1, 2003. The Department of Corrections is required to negotiate a plan to reduce the surcharge or rates without costs to the contractor providing inmate telephone services.
Patron - Almand
Department of Corrections; inmate collect call system. Provides that any commission or rebate received or realized by the Department of Corrections, or by any state, local or regional correctional facility from a contractor providing inmate telephone services shall be used to reduce the surcharge or rates paid for inmate calls under any inmate collect call system.
Patron - Crittenden
Deferral and dismissal; community-based corrections program. Expands the section allowing a misdemeanor charge to be discharged and dismissed if the defendant fulfills the terms and conditions of his probation even though the facts justify a finding of guilt. The bill allows discharge and dismissal for any misdemeanor whereas current law includes certain property crimes only. The bill also allows a judge to order successful completion of a community-based corrections program as a term or condition of probation for discharge and dismissal. Under current law a person must be convicted before being sentenced to a community corrections program.
Patron - Watkins
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