H. B. 2274
(By Mr. Speaker, Mr. Kiss, and Delegates Walters,
Leach, Clements and Webb)
(Originating in the Committee on the Judiciary
[February 10, 1998]
A BILL to amend and reenact section fifteen, article five-b,
chapter twenty-eight of the code of West Virginia, one
thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to
the sale of prison-made goods; exception to prohibition for
waste tire products; prohibition against sales of waste tire
products at a loss; and profits to be divided equally
between prison industries fund and crime victims fund.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section fifteen, article five-b, chapter twenty-eight
of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred
thirty-one, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as
ARTICLE 5B. PRISON-MADE GOODS.
§28-5B-15. Sale of prison-made goods on open market
prohibited; penalty; exceptions.
(a) Subject to the provisions of subsections (b) and (c) of
this section, it is unlawful to sell or offer for sale on the
open market of this state any articles or products manufactured or produced, wholly or in part, in this or any other state, by
convicts or prisoners of this state, or any other state, except
convicts or prisoners on parole or probation. This provision
does not apply to the sale of products made with waste tires:
Provided, That any use of waste tires shall comply with
applicable laws and rules of the division of environmental
protection: Provided, however, That any products made by inmates
from waste tires and sold on the open market must be
competitively priced with privately produced goods of the same
nature and may not be sold at a loss: Provided, further, That any
profits earned from the sale of products made by inmates from
waste tires shall be distributed as follows: first, to the prison
industries fund to reimburse all moneys expended in the
collection of waste tires and the production of waste tire
products, including a reasonable amount to be set aside for the
periodic replacement of outdated, obsolete or inoperable
machinery or equipment used in collection or production, and
second, any moneys remaining shall be divided equally between the
prison industries fund and the crime victims compensation fund
established by the provisions of section two, article two-a,
chapter fourteen of this code.
(b) Any person violating the provisions of this section is
guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction, shall be punished
by a fine of not less than two hundred dollars nor more than five
thousand dollars, or by imprisonment in jail not less than three
months nor more than one year, or by both fine and imprisonment.
such sale or offer for sale shall constitute a separate offense under this section.
(b) (c) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of
this section, any articles or products manufactured or produced,
wholly or in part, by inmates of West Virginia penal and
correctional institutions and facilities which are designed and
intended to be used solely by blind and handicapped persons,
including, but not limited to, braille books and reading
materials, may be sold or offered for sale or distributed on the
open market by the department of corrections or other state
department or agency.
(c) (d) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of
this section, arts and crafts produced by inmates may be sold to
the general public by the department of corrections or by such
other agencies or departments of state government as the
commissioner of corrections may designate. The arts and crafts
shall be sold only on a consignment basis so that inmates whose
arts and crafts products are sold shall receive payment for the
products. The payments shall be deposited in such the accounts
or funds and managed in such a manner as provided by section six,
article five of this chapter: Provided, That where the state
department of corrections or any other agency or department of
state government provides any materials used in the production of
an arts and crafts product, the fair market value of such the
materials may be deducted from the account of the individual
inmate after the sale of such the product.
(d) (e) For purposes of this section, "arts and crafts"
means articles produced individually by artistic or craft skill such as, but not limited to, painting, sculpture, pottery and
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to exempt waste tire
products from the prohibition on the sale of prison-made goods,
to prohibit the sale of prison-made waste tire products at a
loss, and to provide that profits from the sale of prison-made
waste tire products be equally divided between prison industries
fund and crime victims fund.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken
from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language
that would be added.