|Passed by the House April 21, 2003|
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Passed by the Senate April 16, 2003
President of the Senate
I, Cynthia Zehnder, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1609 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.
Governor of the State of Washington
Secretary of State
State of Washington
|State of Washington||58th Legislature||2003 Regular Session|
READ FIRST TIME 02/25/03.
AN ACT Relating to pilot regional correctional facilities; and creating new sections.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1 The legislature finds that numerous changes
to the sentencing reform act, chapter 9.94A RCW, as reported by the
sentencing guidelines commission, have resulted in increases in the
length of local jail and state prison sentences and in the number of
local jail and state prison inmates. The intent of the sentencing
reform act, particularly provisions regarding protection of the public,
reduction of the risk of reoffense, and making frugal use of state and
local government resources, would best be served, in many instances, by
local and state corrections authorities sharing resources and
jurisdiction over regional correctional facilities.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2 (1) Not later than December 31, 2003, the
sentencing guidelines commission shall present to the legislature a
plan for establishing pilot regional correctional facilities.
(2) The plan for establishing pilot regional correctional facilities must include, but is not limited to, the following:
(a) A plan for increasing the space availability in local and county jails for pretrial detainees;
(b) An efficient and effective plan for joint use of total confinement beds by local and state government;
(c) A description of proposed shared and/or revised jurisdiction and operational responsibility, including the possibility of establishing a regional corrections authority;
(d) A summary of proposed changes to the criminal code reflecting revised housing jurisdiction;
(e) A plan to account for the inmate population eligible for placement in pilot regional correctional facilities which includes: Pretrial detainees, inmates serving sentences of sixty days to twenty-four months, and inmates serving terms of confinement totaling more than one year.
(i) Other than pretrial detainees, only inmates serving sentences of sixty days to twenty-four months are eligible for placement in regional correctional facilities.
(ii) Regional correctional facilities must accept inmates serving terms of confinement totaling more than one year;
(f) A review of treatment services and programs intended to meet the needs of special populations including drug and substance abuse, mental health, and special medical needs;
(g) An estimate of potential benefits to local and county jail operators and to the state, which could be realized by implementation of pilot programs;
(h) A proposed method for identifying pilot regional correctional facility sites;
(i) A methodology for evaluating the costs benefit of operation of pilot facilities; and
(j) Recommendations for sharing capacity, resources, and funding of the construction and operation cost of the facilities.