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HB18-1410: Prison Population Management Measures

Criminal Justice
Bill Number: HB18-1410
Year: 2018
ACLU Position: Support
Sponsors: P. Lee /L. Herod (D) /K. Lundberg /D. Kagan

Description:

The bill requires the department of corrections (department) to
track the prison bed vacancy rate in both correctional facilities and
state-funded private contract prison beds. If the vacancy rate falls below
2% for 30 consecutive days, the department shall notify the governor, the
joint budget committee, the parole board, and the office of community
corrections in the department of public safety (office of community
corrections). The department shall notify the governor, the joint budget
committee, the parole board, and the office of community corrections

once the vacancy rate exceeds 3% for 30 consecutive days.
When the vacancy rate falls below 2% for 30 consecutive days, the
department may:
• Request the office of community corrections to provide the
department with information regarding the location and
nature of any unutilized community corrections beds;
• Provide the parole board with a list of inmates who are
within 90 days of their mandatory release date, have a
verified parole sponsor, and do not require full board
review or victim notification. The parole board must hold
a file review for the inmates on the list within 10 days after
the receipt of the list.
• Provide the parole board with a list of inmates who have
conditional parole approval, do not require full board
review or victim notification, and have satisfied the
condition or conditions required for parole. The parole
board must hold a file review for the inmates on the list
within 10 days of the receipt of the list.
If the department institutes any of the measures described in the
bill, the department shall notify each elected district attorney, the chief
judge of each judicial district, and the state public defender. The
department shall notify each elected district attorney, the chief judge of
each judicial district, and the state public defender once the measures
described are no longer being used.


Current Status:

Governor Signed (06/06/2018)
Sent to the Governor (05/18/2018)
Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (05/04/2018)



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