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Second Substitute H.B. 100

This document includes House Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 12:29 PM by jeyring. --> This document includes House Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Tue, Mar 3, 2009 at 9:55 AM by jeyring. --> This document includes Senate Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Tue, Mar 3, 2009 at 1:03 PM by rday. -->

Representative Carl Wimmer proposes the following substitute bill:


             1     
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS -

             2     
TRACKING AND REIMBURSEMENT OF

             3     
INDIVIDUAL PRISONER COSTS

             4     
2009 GENERAL SESSION

             5     
STATE OF UTAH

             6     
Chief Sponsor: Carl Wimmer

             7     
Senate Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

             8     
             9      LONG TITLE
             10      General Description:
             11          This bill modifies provisions in the Criminal Code and the State Institutions Code to
             12      require offenders who receive medical, dental, and postsecondary educational services,
             13      while in prison, to reimburse the state for a portion of the costs of the services received.
             14      Highlighted Provisions:
             15          This bill:
             16          . H. [ reassigns responsibility for the recidivism reduction plan from the Board of Regents
             17      to the Utah Department of Corrections and the State Board of Education and
             18      requires the department to collaborate with the State Board of Regents and the Utah
             19      College of Applied Technology Board of Trustees;
]

             19a          . requires the Utah Department of Corrections to jointly develop and implement a
             19b      recidivism reduction plan with the State Board of Regents and the State Board of
             19c      Education; .H
             20          .    requires the department to make a report to the H. Education and .H Law
             20a      Enforcement and Criminal
             21      Justice Interim H. [ Committee ] Committees .H on the recidivism reduction plan before
             21a      October 1, 2010;
             22          .    provides a specified copayment by an inmate receiving hospital, medical, dental,
             23      and prescription medication services through the department;
             24          .    requires an inmate with assets exceeding $200,000 to pay for the inmate's medical
             25      and dental care and provides a cap for the costs;


             26          .    specifies that the department provides medical treatment if an inmate is unable to
             27      pay for the treatment because of inadequate financial resources;
             28          .    requires an inmate participating in postsecondary education through the department
             29      to pay or reimburse the department for 50% of the costs of tuition;
             30          .    requires the department to coordinate a deferred postsecondary education tuition
             31      repayment program with the Office of State Debt Collection to provide a
             32      participating inmate:
             33              .    a reasonable time frame to make payments, beginning no later than two years
             34      after termination of the inmate's parole; and
             35              .    a reasonable payment amount to allow an inmate to reimburse the tuition
             36      obligation incurred while under the supervision of the department;
             37          .    provides that tuition costs not paid by the inmate at the time of participating in
             38      postsecondary education will be paid from the Prison Telephone Surcharge
             39      Account;
             40          .    provides that of the amounts collected by the Office of State Debt Collection:
             41              .    10% may be used by the Office of State Debt Collection for purposes of
             42      operating the deferred payment program; and
             43              .     all other funds collected as repayment for postsecondary tuition costs will be
             44      deposited into the Prison Telephone Surcharge Account to be used by the
             45      department for education and training programs for inmates;
             46          .    directs that ongoing funds provided to the State Board of Regent's Prison
             47      Recidivism Program in fiscal year 2009-10 shall be transferred to the Prison
             48      Telephone Surcharge Account for the purpose of inmate postsecondary education
             49      and training;
             50          .    requires the department to turn over to the Office of State Debt Collection any
             51      unpaid tuition debt at the time the offender is released from parole; and
             52          .    specifies that only inmates lawfully present in the United States may participate in
             53      the postsecondary educational program offered through the department.
             54      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             55          None
             56      Other Special Clauses:


             57          None
             58      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             59      AMENDS:
             60          53A-1-403.5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapter 210
             61          64-13-30, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapter 140
             62          64-13-33, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1985, Chapter 211
             63          64-13-42, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2005, Chapter 302
             64      ENACTS:
             65          64-13-30.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             65a      H. 64-13-30.7, Utah Code Annotated 1953 .H
             66      Uncodified Material Affected:
             67      ENACTS UNCODIFIED MATERIAL
             68     
             69      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             70          Section 1. Section 53A-1-403.5 is amended to read:
             71           53A-1-403.5. Education of persons in custody of the Utah Department of
             72      Corrections -- Contracting for services -- Recidivism reduction plan -- Collaboration
             73      among state agencies -- Annual report.
             74          (1) The State Board of Education H. , [ and ] .H the H. [ [ ] State Board of Regents [ ] ]
             74a      and the .H Utah Department of
             75      Corrections, subject to legislative appropriation, are responsible for the education of persons in
             76      the custody of the Utah Department of Corrections.
             77          (2) S. [ In order to ] (a) To .S fulfill S. [ this ] the .S responsibility S. under
             77a      Subsection (1) .S , the [boards] State Board of Education and the
             78      Utah Department of Corrections shall, where feasible, contract with appropriate private or
             79      public agencies to provide educational and related administrative services. S. Contracts for
             79a      postsecondary education and training shall be under Subsection (2)(b)
             79b          (b)(i) The contract under Subsection (2)(a) to provide postsecondary education and
             79c      training shall be with a community college if the correctional facility is located within the
             79d      service region of a community college, except under Subsection (2)(b)(ii).
             79e          (ii) If the community college under Subsection (2)(b)(i) declines to provide the
             79f      education and training or cannot meet reasonable contractual terms for providing the
             79g      education and training as specified by the Utah Department of Corrections, postsecondary
             79h      education and training under Subsection (2)(a) may be procured through other appropriate
             79i      private or public agencies..S
             80          (3) (a) As its corrections education program, the [boards] State Board of Education H. ,


             80a      [ and ] the State Board of Regents, and .H


             81      the Utah Department of Corrections shall develop and implement a recidivism reduction plan,
             82      including the following components:
             83          (i) inmate assessment;
             84          (ii) cognitive problem-solving skills;
             85          (iii) basic literacy skills;
             86          (iv) career skills;
             87          (v) job placement;


             88          (vi) postrelease tracking and support;
             89          (vii) research and evaluation;
             90          (viii) family involvement and support; and
             91          (ix) multiagency collaboration.
             92          (b) The plan shall be developed and implemented through the State Office of
             93      Education H. , [ and ] .H the H. State Board of Regents, and the .H [Board of Regents
             93a      office] Utah Department of Corrections in collaboration
             94      with the following entities:
             95          (i) the Utah College of Applied Technology Board of Trustees;
             96          [(i)] (ii) local boards of education;
             97          [(ii)] H. [ (iii) [Department of Corrections] the State Board of Regents; ]
             98           [ [ ] (iii) [ ] ] [ (iv) ] .H Department of Workforce Services;
             99           H. [ [ ] (iv) [ ] ] [ (v) ] .H Department of Human Services;
             100           H. [ [ ] (v) [ ] ] [ (vi) ] .H Board of Pardons and Parole;
             101           H. [ [ ] (vi) [ ] ] [ (vii) ] .H State Office of Rehabilitation; and
             102           H. [ [ ] (vii) [ ] ] [ (viii) ] .H the Governor's Office.
             103           H. [ (c) The Legislature may provide appropriations for implementation of the plan through
             104      a line item appropriation to any one or a combination of the entities listed in Subsection (3)(b).
] .H

             105          (4) The [boards] department shall make a report to the H. [ [ ] Education [ ] ] and .H
             105a      Law Enforcement
             106      and Criminal Justice Interim H. [ Committee ] Committees .H on [the effectiveness of] the
             106a      recidivism reduction plan
             107      before October 1, [2006] 2010.
             108          Section 2. Section 64-13-30 is amended to read:
             109           64-13-30. Expenses incurred by offenders -- Payment to department or county
             110      jail -- Medical care and copayments.
             111          (1) (a) The department shall establish and collect from [offenders] each offender on a
             112      work release [programs] program the reasonable costs of the offender's maintenance,
             113      transportation, and incidental expenses incurred by the department on behalf of the [offenders]
             114      offender.
             115          (b) Priority shall be given to restitution and family support obligations.
             116          (c) The offender's reimbursement to the department for the cost of obtaining the
             117      offender's DNA specimen, under Section 53-10-404 is the next priority after Subsection (1)(b).
             118          (2) The department, under its rules, may advance funds to any offender as necessary to


             119      establish the offender in a work release program.
             120          (3) (a) The department or county jail may require an inmate to make a [reasonable]
             121      copayment for medical and dental services provided by the department or county jail.
             122          (b) For services provided while in the custody of the department, the copayment by the
             123      inmate is $5 for primary medical care, $5 for dental care, and $2 for prescription medication.
             124          (c) For services provided outside of a prison facility while in the custody of the
             125      department, the offender is responsible for 10% of the costs associated with hospital care with
             126      a cap on an inmate's share of hospital care expenses not to exceed $2,000 per fiscal year.
             127          (4) (a) An inmate who has assets exceeding $200,000, as determined by the department
             128      upon entry into the department's custody, is responsible to pay the costs of all medical and
             129      dental care up to 20% of the inmate's total determined asset value H. [ ; and ] . .H
             130          (b) H. [ after ] After .H an inmate has received medical and dental care equal to 20% of
             130a      the inmate's
             131      total asset value H. , .H the inmate will be subject to the copayments provided in Subsection (3).
             132          (5) The department shall turn over to the Office of State Debt Collection any debt
             133      under this section that is unpaid at the time the offender is released from parole.
             134          (6) An inmate may not be denied medical treatment if [he] the inmate is unable to pay
             135      [the copayment] for the treatment because of inadequate financial resources.
             136          Section 3. Section 64-13-30.5 is enacted to read:
             137          64-13-30.5. Payment by inmate for postsecondary educational tuition.
             138          (1) (a) An inmate participating in a postsecondary education program through the
             139      department shall pay to the department at the time of enrollment H. [ tuition for ] .H 50% of the
             139a      costs of
             140      H. the .H postsecondary education H. tuition .H .
             141          (b) If an inmate desires to participate in the postsecondary education program but is
             142      unable to pay the costs of the education because of inadequate financial resources, the inmate
             143      may participate in a deferred tuition payment program under this section.
             144          (c) The department and the Office of State Debt Collection shall coordinate a deferred
             145      postsecondary education tuition repayment program to provide inmates a reasonable payment
             146      schedule and payment amount to allow for deferred payment of the postsecondary educational
             147      tuition obligation the inmate incurred while under supervision of the department, which shall:
             148          (i) account for all postsecondary education tuition costs incurred by the inmate while
             149      under the supervision of the department;


             150          (ii) establish an appropriate time for the inmate to begin payment of postsecondary
             151      education tuition costs, which shall require that payments start no later than two years after
             152      termination of parole; and
             153          (iii) establish a payment schedule and payment amounts, including prevailing interest
             154      rates, commensurate with student loans currently being offered by local financial institutions.
             155          (d) Neither the department nor the Office of State Debt Collection may relieve an
             156      offender of the postsecondary tuition repayment responsibility.
             157          (e) The department shall pay costs of postsecondary education not paid by the offender
             158      at the time of participation in the program from the Prison Telephone Surcharge Account.
             159          (2) (a) Of those tuition funds collected by the Office of State Debt Collection under
             160      this section, 10% may be used by the Office of State Debt Collection for operation of the
             161      deferred payment program.
             162          (b) All other funds collected as repayment for postsecondary tuition costs shall be
             163      deposited in the Prison Telephone Surcharge Account.
             164          (3) Only inmates lawfully present in the United States may participate in the
             165      postsecondary educational program offered through the department.
             166          Section 4. Section 64-13-33 is amended to read:
             167           64-13-33. Restitution for offenses -- Debt collection.
             168          (1) Following an administrative hearing, the department is authorized to require
             169      restitution from an offender for expenses incurred by the department as a result of the
             170      offender's violation of department rules. The department is authorized to require payment from
             171      the offender's account or to place a hold on it to secure compliance with this section.
             172          (2) The department shall turn over to the Office of State Debt Collection any debt
             173      under this section that is unpaid at the time the offender is released from parole.
             174          Section 5. Section 64-13-42 is amended to read:
             175           64-13-42. Prison Telephone Surcharge Account -- Funding inmate and offender
             176      education and training programs.
             177          (1) (a) There is created within the General Fund a restricted account known as the
             178      Prison Telephone Surcharge Account.
             179          (b) The Prison Telephone Surcharge Account consists of:
             180          (i) beginning July 1, 2006, revenue generated by the state from pay telephone services


             181      located at any correctional facility as defined in Section 64-13-1 ; [and]
             182          (ii) interest on account monies[.]; H. [ and ] .H
             183          (iii) (A) money paid by inmates participating in postsecondary education provided by
             184      the department; and
             185          (B) money repaid by former inmates who have a written agreement with the
             186      department to pay for a specified portion of the tuition costs under the department's deferred
             187      tuition payment program;
             188          (iv) money collected by the Office of State Debt Collection for debt described in
             189      Subsection (1)(b)(iii); and
             190          (v) money appropriated by the Legislature.
             191          (2) Upon appropriation by the Legislature, monies from the Prison Telephone
             192      Surcharge Account shall be used by the department for education and training programs for
             193      offenders and inmates as defined in Section 64-13-1 .

             193a      S. (3) Funds appropriated from the Prison Telephone Surcharge Account may only be used
             193b      by the Department purposes under Subsections 53A-1-403.5(3)(a)(i) and (iv). .S
             194           H. [ Section 6. Legislative intent -- Use of funds for inmate postsecondary education
             195      and training.
             196          It is the intent of the Legislature that any ongoing funds provided to the State Board of
             197      Regent's Prison Recidivism Program in fiscal year 2009-10 shall be transferred to the Prison
             198      Telephone Surcharge Account for establishing necessary program resources and promoting and
             199      providing inmate postsecondary education.
]

             199a          Section 6. Section 64-13-30.7 is enacted to read:
             199b           64-13-30.7. Use of funds for inmate postsecondary education and training.
             199c      Any ongoing funds provided to the State Board of Regent's Prison Recidivism Program
             199d      beginning in fiscal year 2009-10 shall be transferred to the Prison Telephone Surcharge
             199e      Account for establishing necessary program resources and promoting and providing inmate
             199f      postsecondary education. .H


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