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Introduced Version Senate Bill 537 History

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Senate Bill No. 537

(By Senators Jenkins and Plymale)

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[Introduced March 14, 2005; referred to the Committee

on Finance.]

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A BILL to amend and reenact §31-20-2 and §31-20-10 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, all relating to defining "arresting agency"; and providing that the arresting agency shall pay the cost for the initial twenty-four hours of incarceration for each inmate it arrests who is incarcerated.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §31-20-2 and §31-20-10 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted, all to read as follows:
ARTICLE 20. WEST VIRGINIA REGIONAL JAIL AND CORRECTIONAL FACILITY AUTHORITY.

§31-20-2. Definitions.

Unless the context indicates clearly otherwise, as used in this article:
(a) "Adjacent regional juvenile detention facility" means a facility constructed or maintained on property owned or controlled by the Regional Jail Authority and designed: (1) For the short-term preadjudicatory detention of juveniles, for the confinement of juveniles who are awaiting transportation to or placement at another juvenile detention facility or juvenile correctional facility or who are awaiting trial as an adult pursuant to section ten, article five, chapter forty-nine of this code; or (2) for the court-ordered, short-term placement of juveniles in a facility that is characterized by programmatic intervention and by staff restrictions of the movements and activities of juveniles placed there, that limits the juveniles' access to the surrounding community and that is not characterized by construction fixtures designed to physically restrict the movements and activities of juveniles.
(b) "Arresting agency" means any state, county or municipality with arrest powers that arrests a person.
(b)(c) "Authority" or "West Virginia Regional Jail Authority" means the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority created by this article.
(c)(d) "Board" means the governing body of the Authority.
(d)(e) "Bonds" means bonds of the Authority issued under this article.
(e)(f) "Cost of construction or renovation of a local jail facility, regional jail facility or juvenile facility" means the cost of all lands, water areas, property rights and easements, financing charges, interest prior to and during construction and for a period not exceeding six months following the completion of construction, equipment, engineering and legal services, plans, specifications and surveys, estimates of costs and other expenses necessary or incidental to determining the feasibility or practicability of any project, together with any other expenses necessary or incidental to the financing and the construction or renovation of the facilities and the placing of the facilities in operation.
(f)(g) "County" means any county of this state.
(g)(h) "Federal agency" means the United States of America and any department, corporation, agency or instrumentality created, designated or established by the United States of America.
(h)(i) "Fund" or "funds" means a Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority Fund provided in section ten of this article, including those accounts that may be established by the Authority for accurate accounting of the expenditure of public funds by that agency.
(i)(j) "Government" means state and federal government, and any political subdivision, agency or instrumentality of the state or federal government, corporate or otherwise.
(j)(k) "Inmate" means any adult person properly committed to a local or regional jail facility or a correctional facility.
(k)(l) "Local jail facility" means any county facility for the confinement, custody, supervision or control of adult persons convicted of misdemeanors, awaiting trial or awaiting transportation to a state correctional facility.
(l)(m)"Municipality" means any city, town or village in this state.
(m)(n) "Notes" means any notes as defined in section one hundred four, article three, chapter forty-six of this code issued under this article by the Authority.
(n)(o) "Correctional facility" means any correctional facility, penitentiary or other correctional institution operated by the Division of Corrections for the incarceration of adults.
(o)(p) "Regional jail facility" or "regional jail" means any facility operated by the Authority and used jointly by two or more counties for the confinement, custody, supervision or control of adult persons convicted of misdemeanors or awaiting trial or awaiting transportation to a state correctional facility.
(p)(q) "Revenues" means all fees, charges, moneys, profits, payments of principal of, or interest on, loans and other investments, grants, contributions and all other income received by the Authority.
(q)(r) "Security interest" means an interest in the loan portfolio of the Authority which is secured by an underlying loan or loans and is evidenced by a note issued by the Authority.
(r)(s) "Work farm" has the same meaning as that term is used in section twelve, article eight, chapter seven of this code authorizing work farms for individual counties.
(s)(t) "Juvenile detention facility" or "juvenile detention center" means a facility operated by the Division of Juvenile Services: (1) For the short-term preadjudicatory detention of juveniles, for the confinement of juveniles who are awaiting transportation to or placement at another juvenile detention facility or juvenile correctional facility or who are awaiting trial as an adult pursuant to section ten, article five, chapter forty-nine of this code; or (2) for the court-ordered, short-term placement of juveniles in a facility that is characterized by programmatic intervention and by staff restrictions of the movements and activities of juveniles placed there, that limits the juveniles' access to the surrounding community and that is not characterized by construction fixtures designed to physically restrict the movements and activities of juveniles.
(t)(u) "Juvenile correctional facility" means a facility operated by the Division of Juvenile Services: (1) For the postdispositional confinement of juveniles adjudicated of offenses that would be criminal offenses if committed by an adult; or (2) for the court-ordered placement of juveniles in a facility that is characterized by programmatic intervention and by staff restrictions of the movements and activities of juveniles placed there, that limits the juveniles' access to the surrounding community and that is not characterized by construction fixtures designed to physically restrict the movements and activities of juveniles.
(u)(v) "Juvenile facility" means an adjacent regional juvenile detention facility, a juvenile detention facility, a juvenile detention center or a juvenile correctional facility.
§31-20-10. Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority funds.

(a) The Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority may create special funds in the State Treasury to identify various revenue sources and payment of specific obligations. These funds may be used for purposes that include, but are not limited to, the construction, renovation or repair of specific facilities, cash control, facility maintenance and the individual operations accounts of facilities operated by the Authority. The Authority may create other separate accounts within these funds that it determines are necessary for the efficient operation of the Authority.
(b) Revenues deposited into these funds shall be used to make payments of interest and shall be pledged as security for bonds, security interests or notes issued or lease-purchase obligations entered into with another state entity by the Authority pursuant to this article.
(c) Whenever the Authority determines that the balance in these funds is in excess of the immediate requirements of this article, it may request that the excess be invested until needed. In this case, the excess shall be invested in a manner consistent with the investment of temporary state funds. Interest earned on any money invested pursuant to this section shall be credited to these funds.
(d) If the Authority determines that moneys held in these funds are in excess of the amount needed to carry out the purposes of this article, it shall take any action that is necessary to release the excess and transfer it to the General Revenue Fund of the State Treasury.
(e) These funds consist of the following:
(1) Amounts raised by the Authority by the sale of bonds or other borrowing authorized by this article;
(2) Moneys collected and deposited in the State Treasury which are specifically designated by Acts of the Legislature for inclusion in these funds;
(3) Contributions, grants and gifts from any source, both public and private, which may be used by the Authority for any project or projects;
(4) All sums paid by the counties or arresting agencies pursuant to subsection (h) of this section; and
(5) All interest earned on investments made by the state from moneys deposited in these funds.
(f) The amounts deposited in these funds shall be accounted for and expended in the following manner:
(1) Amounts raised by the sale of bonds or other borrowing authorized by this article shall be deposited in a separate account within these funds and expended for the purpose of construction, renovation and repair of correctional facilities, regional jails and juvenile detention and correctional facilities for which need has been determined by the Authority;
(2) Amounts deposited from all other sources shall be pledged first to the debt service on any bonded indebtedness, including lease-purchase obligations entered into by the Authority with another state entity or other obligation incurred by borrowing of the Authority;
(3) After any requirements of debt service have been satisfied, the Authority shall requisition from these funds the amounts that are necessary to provide for payment of the administrative expenses of this article;
(4) The Authority shall requisition from these funds, after any requirements of debt service have been satisfied, the amounts that are necessary for the maintenance and operation of regional jails that are constructed pursuant to the provisions of this article and shall expend those amounts for that purpose. These funds shall make an accounting of all amounts received from each county by virtue of any filing fees, court costs or fines required by law to be deposited in these funds and amounts from the jail improvement funds of the various counties. After the expenses of administration have been deducted, the amounts expended in the respective regions from those sources shall be in proportion to the percentage the amount contributed to these funds by the counties in each region bears to the total amount received by these funds from those sources;
(5) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this article, sums paid into these funds by each county pursuant to subsection (h) of this section for each inmate shall be placed in a separate account and shall be requisitioned from these funds to pay for costs incurred at the regional jail facility at which each inmate was incarcerated; and
(6) Any amounts deposited in these funds from other sources permitted by this article shall be expended in the respective regions based on particular needs to be determined by the Authority.
(g) After a regional jail facility becomes available pursuant to this article for the incarceration of inmates, each county within the region shall incarcerate all persons whom the county would have incarcerated in any jail prior to the availability of the regional jail facility in the regional jail facility except those whose incarceration in a local jail facility used as a local holding facility is specified as appropriate under the standards and procedures developed pursuant to section nine of this article and who the sheriff or the circuit court elects to incarcerate therein.
(h) When inmates are placed in a regional jail facility pursuant to subsection (g) of this section, the county shall pay into the Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority Fund a cost per day for each incarcerated inmate to be determined by the Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority according to criteria and by procedures established by legislative rules proposed for promulgation pursuant to article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code and as established in section ten-a of this article to cover the costs of operating the regional jail facilities of this state to maintain each inmate: Provided, That the arresting agency shall pay the cost incurred for the initial twenty-four hours of incarceration for each inmate. The per diem costs for incarcerating inmates may not include the cost of construction, acquisition or renovation of the regional jail facilities: Provided, however, That each regional jail facility operating in this state shall keep a record of the date and time that an inmate is incarcerated and a county may not be charged for a second day of incarceration for an individual inmate until that inmate has remained incarcerated for more than twenty-four hours. After that, in cases of continuous incarceration, subsequent per diem charges shall be made upon a county only as subsequent intervals of twenty-four hours pass from the original time of incarceration.




NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to provide that the arresting agency pays the cost incurred for the initial twenty-four hours of incarceration for each inmate they arrest and incarcerate. Additionally, the bill defines "arresting agency".

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.
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