AN ACT TO DIRECT THE EXPANDED USE OF EXTENDING THE PLACE OF CONFINEMENT POLICIES BY THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY, TO EXPAND THE ELIGIBILITY FOR THE MEDICAL RELEASE OF INMATES, AND TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO SUPPORT CHRONIC CARE UNITS IN STATE PRISONS AND IMPROVE SCREENING AND TRAINING OF INCOMING PRISON STAFF.
Appropriates $6 million for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Department of Public Safety, Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice for supporting, maintaining, or expanding chronic care units in State prisons.
Appropriates $4 million for 2022-23 from the General Fund to the Department of Public Safety, Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice for improving the screening and training of incoming State prison staff.
The above is effective July 1, 2022.
Requires that when a State prison is at or above 80% of its maximum occupancy capacity, that the Secretary of Public Safety use their authority to extend the limits of the place of confinement of a prisoner in a manner substantially similar to the manner in which the Secretary used that authority during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Amends GS 15A-1369 by expanding upon the definition of medical release to also include allowing the release of inmates who are incapacitated to the extent that the inmate does not pose a public safety risk. Makes a conforming change to the procedure for medical release in GS 15A-1369.3.
Makes a clarifying change to GS 15A-1369.2.