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Introduced Senate Bill (S)

DIGEST

County jail issues. Provides that if: (1) a motion is filed alleging that an inmate in a county jail is an individual with a serious mental illness or has a medical condition or illness for which the department of correction (DOC) would be able to provide better treatment or treatment at a lower cost or in a more efficient manner; and (2) the court finds that the condition or conditions exist; the court shall order the sheriff to transfer the inmate to another county jail or to a DOC facility designated by the commissioner of the DOC as suitable for County jail issues. Provides that if: (1) a motion is filed alleging that an inmate in a county jail is an individual with a serious mental illness or has a medical condition or illness for which the department of correction (DOC) would be able to provide better treatment or treatment at a lower cost or in a more efficient manner; and (2) the court finds that the condition or conditions exist; the court shall order the sheriff to transfer the inmate to another county jail or to a DOC facility designated by the commissioner of the DOC as suitable for the confinement of that prisoner. (Under current law, such a motion may also be filed alleging that an inmate is in danger of serious bodily injury or death, or represents a substantial threat to the safety of others.) Provides that such a motion may also be filed concerning an inmate in a county jail who has been committed to the county jail upon conviction for a felony or misdemeanor. (Under current law, such a motion may be filed concerning only an inmate in a county jail awaiting trial.) Provides that per diem and medical expense reimbursements received by a county for the cost of incarcerating persons convicted of felonies: (1) shall be deposited in the county general fund; and (2) upon appropriation by the county fiscal body, shall be used by the county sheriff only for the purposes of paying the costs of incarcerating persons convicted of felonies. Requires the county auditor to semiannually provide to the county fiscal body and the county sheriff an itemized record of such per diem and medical expense reimbursements received by the county. Provides that the following apply to the per diem and medical expense reimbursement paid by the DOC: (1) The DOC shall collaborate with county sheriffs to create a standard process to provide for the payment of the per diem and medical expense reimbursements. (2) The monthly payment of the per diem and medical expense reimbursements shall be calculated based on information contained in an affidavit submitted by the county sheriff to the DOC. (3) If a county sheriff submits a request for the payment of per diem and medical expense reimbursements and an affidavit containing the information required by the DOC not later than the tenth day of a month, the DOC shall pay the appropriate per diem and medical expense reimbursements to the county not later than the twentieth day of that same month. (4) The per diem and medical expense reimbursements paid by the DOC shall be distributed to the county in which the person for whom the per diem and medical expense reimbursement are paid is incarcerated. ... View more