AN ACT TO DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY, DIVISION OF ADULT CORRECTION AND JUVENILE JUSTICE, TO DEVELOP A PLAN REGARDING PRISON DEPOPULATION, A PLAN REGARDING FUTURE RESPONSE EFFORTS FOR AN EMERGENCY RELATED TO THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019, AND A PLAN FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF EXTENDING THE LIMITS OF CONFINEMENT POLICY; AND TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS.
Requires the Department of Public Safety, Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice to: (1) develop a plan for the release to the community of offenders that are serving a sentence for a nonviolent crime, suffering from a medical diagnosis that compromises the offender's immune system, near release, or juveniles; (2) develop a plan regarding future response efforts for an emergency related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19); and (3) develop a plan for the implementation of Extending the Limits of Confinement (ELC) policy to increase the number of nonviolent offenders being released to community supervision. Requires the plans to be submitted to the specified NCGA committee by September 1, 2020. Appropriates $10 million in nonrecurring funds for 2020-21 from the General Fund to the Department of Public Safety, Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice, for electronic monitoring services, community corrections staffing, and other costs associated with the release of offenders to the community upon the implementation of the plans required in this act.
Appropriates $1.8 million in nonrecurring funds for 2020-21 from the General Fund to the Department of Public Safety to help previously incarcerated individuals transition into their community following their release. Requires the funds to be allocated to the 18 specified reentry councils and roundtables in the amount of $100,000 each.
Effective July 1, 2020.