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                         SENATE BILL 5630



State of Washington      55th Legislature     1997 Regular Session


By Senators Roach, Zarelli, Heavey, Schow, Stevens, Strannigan, Swecker, Morton, Anderson and Oke


Read first time 02/04/97.  Referred to Committee on Human Services & Corrections.

Authorizing the reimbursement of incarceration costs.

    AN ACT Relating to the reimbursement of incarceration costs; adding a new section to chapter 72.01 RCW; prescribing penalties; providing an effective date; and declaring an emergency.




    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.  A new section is added to chapter 72.01 RCW to read as follows:

    (1) The community restoration fee is created making a person incarcerated at a municipal, county, or state facility, by virtue of a court decree, liable for costs incurred for the incarceration.  The incarcerated person must reimburse costs to a municipality, county, or state as stated below:

    (a) Municipalities and counties may demand a community restoration fee of no more than the average daily cost of incarceration from inmates in their detention facilities.

    (b) The state of Washington may demand a community restoration fee in an amount of no more than the average daily cost of incarceration from inmates in a state penal facility.

    Demand for payment must be given to the inmate at the time of release from confinement, with a reasonable date set for restitution to be made.

    (2) Inmates, upon termination of their sentence, will be notified in writing by the appropriate authority of municipalities, counties, or the state of Washington of the costs incurred as a community restoration fee.  Payment must be made to the municipality, county, or state on the date specified, or suitable arrangements for payment must be made and all agreements for payment are binding.  Failure to pay the amount demanded or failure to adhere to payment arrangements will constitute a gross misdemeanor punishable under the penal code.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.  This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect July 1, 1997.


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