HB487: Prisoners; allows localities to charge persons for costs of transporting them to jail.

HOUSE BILL NO. 487

Offered January 11, 2012
Prefiled January 10, 2012
A BILL to amend and reenact § 19.2-338 of the Code of Virginia, relating to collection by locality of cost of transporting prisoners.
Patron-- Ware, O.

Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1.  That § 19.2-338 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

§ 19.2-338. Collection by locality of cost of transporting prisoners.

(1)A. Notwithstanding any provision of any charter or any law to the contrary, any town locality may provide, by ordinance, that any person convicted of violating any state law or ordinance of the town may locality be charged, in addition to all other costs, fines, fees and charges, the costs of transporting such person so convicted to and from a jail or other penal institution outside the corporate limits of such town designated by the town as a place of confinement for persons arrested for violating the ordinances of the town and required to be held in jail pending trial upon such charge, or holding area or cell. The cost of such transportation shall be taxed as a part of the costs payable by persons convicted of violating such ordinances.

 (2)B. No officer transporting any person so convicted of violating any ordinance of the town, as provided in subsection (1) hereof A, shall charge or be paid, nor shall such town locality receive, directly or indirectly, more than the cost of transporting such person when more than one person is transported.