H. B. 2291
(By Delegates Walters and Schadler)
[Introduced January 15, 2003; referred to the
Committee on the Judiciary then Finance.]
A BILL to amend article eight, chapter seven of the code of West
Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended,
by adding thereto a new section, designated section fourteen,
relating to requiring persons incarcerated in county or
regional jails to pay for the costs of incarceration for the
first five days, and providing for reimbursement of same when
the person so incarcerated is ultimately acquitted of the
charges that resulted in the incarceration.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That article eight, chapter seven of the code of West
Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be
amended by adding thereto a new section, designated section
fourteen, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 8. JAIL AND JAILER.
§7-8-14. Reimbursement for costs of initial incarceration.
Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the
contrary, any person who is arrested and incarcerated in a county
or regional jail shall pay to the county commission the actual
costs incurred for the first five days of incarceration: Provided,
That if a person is ultimately acquitted of the charges which
resulted in the incarceration, the county commission shall
reimburse the costs for incarceration paid to it by that person.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require that persons
incarcerated in county or regional jails reimburse the county for
the costs incurred for the first five days of incarceration.
This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and
underscoring have been omitted.