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                    SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 6393



State of Washington   57th Legislature        2002 Regular Session


By Senate Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Senators Kline, Deccio, Haugen, Honeyford, Eide, Kastama and Horn)


READ FIRST TIME 02/08/2002.

Expanding authority for interlocal agreements for jail services.

    AN ACT Relating to interlocal agreements for jail services; and amending RCW 70.48.090 and 70.48.220.




    Sec. 1.  RCW 70.48.090 and 1987 c 462 s 7 are each amended to read as follows:

    (1) Contracts for jail services may be made between a county and a city ((located within the boundaries of a county)), and among counties and cities.  The contracts shall:  Be in writing, give one governing unit the responsibility for the operation of the jails, specify the responsibilities of each governing unit involved, and include the applicable charges for custody of the prisoners as well as the basis for adjustments in the charges.  The contracts may be terminated only by ninety days written notice to the governing units involved and to the office.  The notice shall state the grounds for termination and the specific plans for accommodating the affected jail population.

    (2) The contract authorized in subsection (1) of this section shall be for a minimum term of ten years when state funds are provided to construct or remodel a jail in one governing unit that will be used to house prisoners of other governing units.  The contract may not be terminated prior to the end of the term without the office's approval.  If the contract is terminated, or upon the expiration and nonrenewal of the contract, the governing unit whose jail facility was built or remodeled to hold the prisoners of other governing units shall pay to the state treasurer the amount set by the corrections standards board or office when it authorized disbursal of state funds for the remodeling or construction under RCW 70.48.120.  This amount shall be deposited in the local jail improvement and construction account and shall fairly represent the construction costs incurred in order to house prisoners from other governing units.  The office may pay the funds to the governing units which had previously contracted for jail services under rules which the office may adopt.  The acceptance of state funds for constructing or remodeling consolidated jail facilities constitutes agreement to the proportionate amounts set by the office.  Notice of the proportionate amounts shall be given to all governing units involved.

    (3) A city or county primarily responsible for the operation of a jail or jails may create a department of corrections to be in charge of such jail and of all persons confined therein by law, subject to the authority of the governing unit.  If such department is created, it shall have charge of jails and persons confined therein.  If no such department of corrections is created, the chief law enforcement officer of the city or county primarily responsible for the operation of said jail shall have charge of the jail and of all persons confined therein.


    Sec. 2.  RCW 70.48.220 and 1979 ex.s. c 232 s 19 are each amended to read as follows:

    A person charged or convicted of an offense punishable by imprisonment in a city or county jail may be confined in the jail of any city or county contracting with the prosecuting city or county for jail services.

    A jurisdiction that has contracted for its defendants to be held in a jail of another county or city is responsible for the reasonable costs of personal contact between defendants, who have not been convicted, and their appointed defense counsel.  The jurisdiction may meet this obligation by:  (1) Paying the reasonable costs of mileage to the appointed defense counsel, at the standard rate for employees or contractors; (2) transporting the defendant to meet with appointed defense counsel; or (3) providing video-conference facilities at the jail and a facility within the jurisdiction that are reasonably available to the defendant and appointed defense counsel.


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