Bill Summary for H 1167 (2019-2020)

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May 21 2020

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View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
House Bill 1167 (Public) Filed Wednesday, May 20, 2020
AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE DIVISION OF ADULT CORRECTION AND JUVENILE JUSTICE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY TO PROVIDE NOTICE TO THE RELEVANT PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR AND LOCAL REENTRY COUNCIL PRIOR TO RELEASING AN INCARCERATED PERSON DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK.
Intro. by Morey, Richardson, Alston.

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States the act's purpose is to prevent community spread of COVID-19 from persons who have been in prison or congregate living conditions.

Requires the Department of Public Safety (DPS), Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice (Division), prior to releasing an incarcerated person from prison, to (1) administer COVID-19 testing, and (2) provide five days' notice of release to the respective county public health director and Local Reentry Council, if applicable, where the person intends to reside. Requires the county public health director or Local Reentry Council to use best efforts to provide COVID-19 testing, and medical treatments and quarantine, if necessary. Clarifies that failure to provide required testing or notice cannot prevent or delay release. Applies to the release of persons on or after the date the act becomes law. Expires on the date Executive Order No. 116 (State of Emergency Declaration for COVID-19) is rescinded.

Appropriates $25,000 in nonrecurring funds from the General Fund to DPS for the 2019-20 fiscal year to implement the act.

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