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H.B. 12





Chief Sponsor: Bill Wright

Senate Sponsor: Howard A. Stephenson

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      Committee Note:
             9          The Education Interim Committee recommended this bill.
             10      General Description:
             11          This bill modifies provisions addressing the education of persons in the custody of the
             12      Utah Department of Corrections.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This bill:
             15          .    removes the State Board of Regents' responsibility for the education of persons in
             16      the custody of the Utah Department of Corrections;
             17          .    provides that the State Office of Education and Utah Department of Corrections
             18      shall collaborate with the State Board of Regents and other entities in preparing and
             19      implementing a recidivism reduction plan;
             20          .    requires the Utah Department of Corrections to report on the impact of corrections
             21      education programs on recidivism; and
             22          .    makes technical amendments.
             23      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             24          None
             25      Other Special Clauses:
             26          None
             27      Utah Code Sections Affected:

             28      AMENDS:
             29          53A-1-403.5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 258
             30      REPEALS:
             31          64-13-30.7, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 258
             33      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             34          Section 1. Section 53A-1-403.5 is amended to read:
             35           53A-1-403.5. Education of persons in custody of the Utah Department of
             36      Corrections -- Contracting for services -- Recidivism reduction plan -- Collaboration
             37      among state agencies.
             38          (1) The State Board of Education[, the State Board of Regents,] and the Utah
             39      Department of Corrections, subject to legislative appropriation, are responsible for the
             40      education of persons in the custody of the Utah Department of Corrections.
             41          (2) (a) To fulfill the responsibility under Subsection (1), the State Board of Education
             42      and the Utah Department of Corrections shall, where feasible, contract with appropriate private
             43      or public agencies to provide educational and related administrative services. Contracts for
             44      postsecondary education and training shall be under Subsection (2)(b).
             45          (b) (i) The contract under Subsection (2)(a) to provide postsecondary education and
             46      training shall be with a community college if the correctional facility is located within the
             47      service region of a community college, except under Subsection (2)(b)(ii).
             48          (ii) If the community college under Subsection (2)(b)(i) declines to provide the
             49      education and training or cannot meet reasonable contractual terms for providing the education
             50      and training as specified by the Utah Department of Corrections, postsecondary education and
             51      training under Subsection (2)(a) may be procured through other appropriate private or public
             52      agencies.
             53          (3) (a) As its corrections education program, the State Board of Education[, the State
             54      Board of Regents,] and the Utah Department of Corrections shall develop and implement a
             55      recidivism reduction plan, including the following components:
             56          (i) inmate assessment;
             57          (ii) cognitive problem-solving skills;
             58          (iii) basic literacy skills;

             59          (iv) career skills;
             60          (v) job placement;
             61          (vi) postrelease tracking and support;
             62          (vii) research and evaluation;
             63          (viii) family involvement and support; and
             64          (ix) multiagency collaboration.
             65          (b) The plan shall be developed and implemented through the State Office of
             66      Education[, the State Board of Regents,] and the Utah Department of Corrections in
             67      collaboration with the following entities:
             68          (i) the State Board of Regents;
             69          [(i)] (ii) the Utah College of Applied Technology Board of Trustees;
             70          [(ii)] (iii) local boards of education;
             71          [(iii)] (iv) the Department of Workforce Services;
             72          [(iv)] (v) the Department of Human Services;
             73          [(v)] (vi) the Board of Pardons and Parole;
             74          [(vi)] (vii) the State Office of Rehabilitation; and
             75          [(vii)] (viii) the Governor's Office.
             76          [(4) The department shall make a report to the Education and Law Enforcement and
             77      Criminal Justice Interim Committees on the recidivism reduction plan before October 1, 2010.]
             78          (4) By July 1, 2014, and every three years thereafter, the Utah Department of
             79      Corrections shall make a report to the Education Interim Committee and the Judiciary, Law
             80      Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Interim Committee evaluating the impact of corrections
             81      education programs on recidivism.
             82          Section 2. Repealer.
             83          This bill repeals:
             84          Section 64-13-30.7, Use of funds for inmate postsecondary education and training.

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    as of 8-4-11 3:15 PM

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