Corrections Ombudsman, Office of the Department of; created, annual report. (HB555)

Introduced By

Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington) with support from co-patron Del. Kim Taylor (R-Dinwiddie)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Office of the Department of Corrections Ombudsman; created. Creates, within the Office of the State Inspector General, the Office of the Department of Corrections Ombudsman (the Office) headed by an Ombudsman who is selected by the State Inspector General. The bill creates the Corrections Oversight Committee (the Committee) made up of four members of the General Assembly, nine nonlegislative citizen members appointed by the Governor, subject to criteria described in the bill, and two nonvoting members, appointed as described in the bill, who monitor the activities of the Ombudsman and the Department of Corrections (the Department). The bill provides the Office with authority to conduct inspections at least once every three years and more often when warranted of Department facilities and requires the Office to establish a statewide toll-free telephone number, website, mailing address, and paper and electronic forms for inmates, family members, friends, and advocates to submit complaints and inquiries. In addition, the bill requires the Committee to hold at least two public hearings per year and requires the Office to submit an annual report to be made available online and to be delivered to the Governor, the Attorney General, the Senate Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services, the House Committee on Public Safety, the Committee, and the Director of the Department. The bill directs the Office to develop a short-term and long-term strategic plan and to provide a report on its initial activities and strategic plan to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before November 15, 2025. This bill is identical to HB 555. Read the Bill »


According to the fiscal impact statement, the estimated costs for implementing the legislation include: - Office of the State Inspector General (OSIG): The estimated costs for staffing the Office under OSIG are $1,837,550 per year, which includes the Ombudsman, assistant ombudsmen positions, and technical support staff members. Additional costs include leasing office space, purchasing office equipment, IT costs, staff travel costs, and contracting for other services. The total estimated cost for OSIG is $2,116,679 in the first year and $2,051,399 in annual ongoing general fund costs. - Department of Corrections (DOC): DOC estimates that up to three DOC staff members dedicated to assisting with human resources and data collection as provided in the bill would cost approximately $266,073 general fund annually for salary and benefits. Other costs include the purchase and installation of 10 computers in all 42 DOC facilities, which is estimated to cost $1,344,000 in the first year and $839,000 in ongoing costs. DOC also estimates the cost of facility phone lines for the inmate hotline at $14,352 annually. - Office of the Attorney General and Department of Law (OAG): OAG estimates that seven additional attorneys, one paralegal, and one legal secretary may be needed to handle additional advice requests and court cases. The total estimated cost for OAG is $1,191,146 annually and nine positions from the general fund. - General Assembly of Virginia: The cost of compensating the two additional legislative members called for in the bill is estimated to be $4,200 general fund per year. Overall, the known expected costs for implementing the legislation are $2,116,679 in the first year and $2,051,399 in annual ongoing general fund costs for OSIG, $1,624,425 in the first year and $1,119,425 in annual ongoing general fund costs for DOC, $1,191,146 annually and nine positions from the general fund for OAG, and $4,200 general fund per year for the General Assembly.

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Bill Has Passed


01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104705D
01/09/2024Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/16/2024Assigned PS sub: Public Safety
01/17/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB555)
01/18/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 0-N)
01/18/2024Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/19/2024Reported from Public Safety (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/19/2024Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/21/2024Assigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
01/30/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB555)
01/31/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (8-Y 0-N)
02/02/2024Reported from Appropriations with amendment(s) (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2024Read first time
02/07/2024Read second time
02/07/2024Committee amendments agreed to
02/07/2024Engrossed by House as amended HB555E
02/07/2024Printed as engrossed 24104705D-E
02/08/2024Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/08/2024VOTE: Block Vote Passage (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/2024Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/13/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB555E)
02/16/2024Committee substitute printed 24107788D-S1
02/16/2024Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with substitute (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2024Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/19/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB555S1)
02/28/2024Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2024Committee substitute printed 24108484D-S2
02/28/2024Substitute bill reprinted 24108484D-S2
02/29/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2024Read third time
03/01/2024Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee substitute rejected 24107788D-S1
03/01/2024Reading of substitute waived
03/01/2024Finance and Appropriations Committee substitute agreed to 24108484D-S2
03/01/2024Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB555S2
03/01/2024Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2024Senate substitute rejected by House 24108484D-S2 (6-Y 92-N)
03/04/2024VOTE: REJECTED (6-Y 92-N)
03/05/2024Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N)
03/05/2024Senate requested conference committee
03/06/2024House acceded to request
03/06/2024Conferees appointed by House
03/06/2024Delegates: Hope, Cole, Earley
03/07/2024Conferees appointed by Senate
03/07/2024Senators: Marsden, Salim, Head
03/07/2024C Amended by conference committee
03/07/2024Conference substitute printed 24109026D-H1
03/08/2024Conference report agreed to by House (97-Y 0-N)
03/08/2024VOTE: Adoption (97-Y 0-N)
03/08/2024Passed by temporarily
03/08/2024Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/08/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB555H1)
03/25/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB555ER)
03/25/2024Signed by President
03/26/2024Signed by Speaker
03/27/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 27, 2024
03/27/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/04/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 392 (effective 7/1/24)
04/04/2024G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0392)

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