AN ACT TO CREATE THE LOCAL CONFINEMENT TECHNOLOGY MODERNIZATION FUND AND TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS.
Enacts new Article 25, Local Confinement Technology Modernization Fund (Fund), in GS Chapter 153A, providing as follows. Creates the Fund to assist county governments in modernization of local confinement facilities to improve methods and detainee monitoring inside each facility. Defines local confinement facilities as a county or city jail, a local lockup, a regional or district jail, a juvenile detention facility, a detention facility for adults operated by a local government, and any other facility operated by a local government for confinement of persons awaiting trial or serving sentences, except excludes a county satellite jail/work release unit governed by Part 3 of Article 10 of GS Chapter 153A. Requires the Fund to be administered by the Department of Public Safety, Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice (Division).
Requires the Division to award grants from the Fund to counties to assist with technology needs according to the following priorities: (1) counties with greater need and less ability to generate sale tax and property tax revenue; (2) counties with a high debt-to-tax revenue ratio; and (3) the extent to which a project will address critical technology deficiencies in local confinement facilities. Requires counties to use the funds for one or more of the five specified technological systems, including mobile detainee tracking, electronic jail management systems, and security camera systems with enhanced features, including facial recognition software. Requires funding recipients to enter into an agreement with the Division detailing the use of the funds.
Defines an eligible county as one with an adjusted market value of taxable real property of less than $40 billion; sets out the formula for calculating adjusted market value of taxable property. Requires grant recipients to provide matching funds and sets out provisions detailing the amount of the local match which varies depending on the adjusted market value of taxable real property. Prohibits using grant funds to retire indebtedness or for product leases. Requires grant funds to be disbursed in a series of payments based on the progress of the project.
Appropriates $50 million from the General Fund to the Local Confinement Technology Modernization Fund to be used in accordance with the new Article.
Effective July 1, 2022.