Introduced House Bill (H)

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Commission on county jail standards. Creates the commission on jail standards (commission). Transfers, on July 1, 2019: (1) the powers and duties of the department of correction (department); and (2) the department's liabilities, records, property, appropriations, and employees; related to county jail standards and inspections to the commission. Requires the commission to do the following not later than July 1, 2019: (1) Adopt standards regarding the condition of county jails. (2) Conduct periodic jail inspections. (3) Adopt a procedure for receiving and resolving complaints concerning county jails. (4) Adopt standards for a mental disability/suicide prevention plan to be implemented in Commission on county jail standards. Creates the commission on jail standards (commission). Transfers, on July 1, 2019: (1) the powers and duties of the department of correction (department); and (2) the department's liabilities, records, property, appropriations, and employees; related to county jail standards and inspections to the commission. Requires the commission to do the following not later than July 1, 2019: (1) Adopt standards regarding the condition of county jails. (2) Conduct periodic jail inspections. (3) Adopt a procedure for receiving and resolving complaints concerning county jails. (4) Adopt standards for a mental disability/suicide prevention plan to be implemented in county jails. Requires, after July 1, 2019, the commission to do the following: (1) Receive reports of jail conditions from sheriffs and produce annual reports concerning county jails. (2) Enforce compliance with the commission's jail standards. (3) Cooperate with the department of correction with regard to standards and plan review of county jail construction. Requires the commission to submit a report to the governor and the general assembly to: (1) provide information as to the commission's progress, timeline, and proposed standards in implementing the commission's duties; and (2) make recommendations, including suggested legislation. Repeals superseded provisions. ... View more