Criminal justice matters

The Courts and Criminal Code Committee heard HB 1102 authored by Rep. Steuerwald on criminal justice matters. The bill: requires the DOC commissioner to coordinate with DMHA, and local criminal justice agencies to collaborate with each other, in creating DOC-funded … [Read more...]

DOC commitments and motorboat OWI

The Senate Committee on Corrections & Criminal Law heard SB 142 authored by Sen. R. Michael Young on DOC commitments and motorboat OWI. The bill (1) permits a person convicted of a Level 6 felony to be committed to the DOC if the person has received an enhanced … [Read more...]

DOC specialized vocational program

S.E.A. 173, P.L. 73-2015 Effective: July 1, 2015 Allows the Department of Correction to establish a specialized vocational program to train minimum security risk inmates in certain trades that are capable of providing inmates with employment paying a sustainable … [Read more...]

Inmate correspondence

S.E.A. 285, P.L. 78-2015 Effective: July 1, 2015 Allows a confined person to elect to use another method of correspondence offered by the Department of Correction instead of using stationery, envelopes, and postage provided by the department. The full law is … [Read more...]

Mental health issues

S.E.A. 464, P.L. 209-2015 Effective: §1-16 and §18-23 effective July 1, 2015; §17 retroactively effective January 1, 2015, §24 effective June 30, 2015 Specifies limitations for reimbursement for methadone by: (1) the state employee health plan; (2) Medicaid; (3) … [Read more...]

Criminal justice funding

H.E.A. 1006, P.L. 179-2015 Effective: July 1, 2015 Establishes the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council (advisory council) to review and evaluate local corrections programs, grant applications, and the processes used to award grants. Requires the department to … [Read more...]

Health matters

H.E.A. 1269, P.L. 185-2015 Effective: §§1-11, 13-20, 25-27, 29-31 effective July 1, 2015; §12 effective January 1, 2016; §§21-24, 28 effective May 5, 2015. Makes the department of correction (DOC) an inmate's authorized representative for applying for Medicaid for … [Read more...]

Video conferencing by confined persons

H.E.A. 1531, P.L. 159-2015 Effective: July 1, 2015 Allows certain court proceedings involving a person confined to the Department of Correction to be conducted by video conferencing with the consent of the confined person. Allows a person confined in a county jail … [Read more...]