HB2493: Prisoner keep; increases amount locality may charge inmate to defray costs associated therewith.

Offered January 14, 2009
A BILL to amend and reenact 53.1-131.3 of the Code of Virginia, relating to payment of costs associated with prisoner keep.
Patron-- Miller, P.J.

Committee Referral Pending

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That 53.1-131.3 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

53.1-131.3. Payment of costs associated with prisoner keep.

Any sheriff or jail superintendent may establish a program to charge inmates a reasonable fee, not to exceed $1$5 per day, to defray the costs associated with the prisoners' keep. The Board shall develop a model plan and adopt regulations for such program, and shall provide assistance, if requested, to the sheriff or jail superintendent in the implementation of such program. Such funds shall be retained in the locality where the funds were collected and shall be used for general jail purposes.