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2024 - Solitary Confinement

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SB 719 Restorative housing and isolated confinement; restrictions on use.
Introduced by: Lamont Bagby [D]

Prohibits the use of isolated confinement, defined in the bill, in state correctional facilities, subject to certain exceptions. The bill requires that before placing an incarcerated person in restorative housing or isolated confinement for his own protection, the facility administrator shall place an incarcerated person in a less-restrictive setting, including by transferring such person to another institution or to a special-purpose housing unit for incarcerated persons who face similar threats. The bill requires that if an incarcerated person is placed in restorative housing or isolated confinement, such placement shall be reviewed every 48 hours and the facility administrator shall ensure that the incarcerated person receives a medical and mental health evaluation from certified medical and mental health professionals within one working day of placement in restorative housing or any form of isolated confinement. The bill also requires the facility administrator to notify the regional administrator in writing that an incarcerated person was placed in restorative housing or isolated confinement within 24 hours of such placement. Finally, the bill requires that formal reviews of an incarcerated person's placement in any form of isolated confinement shall be held in such person's presence, inform him of any reason or reasons administrative officials believe isolated confinement remains necessary, and give the incarcerated person an opportunity to respond to those reasons, and a formal ruling shall be provided to the incarcerated individual within 24 hours.
01/19/24  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 24105143D
01/19/24  Senate: Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services

02/02/24  Senate: Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with amendments (8-Y 7-N)
02/02/24  Senate: Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations

02/07/24  Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations (9-Y 5-N 1-A)
02/09/24  Senate: Committee amendments agreed to
02/09/24  Senate: Amendment by Senator Marsden agreed to

02/12/24  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 18-N)

02/15/24  House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety

02/16/24  House: Reported from Public Safety with amendment(s) (12-Y 10-N)

02/21/24  House: VOTE: Passage (51-Y 49-N)

02/23/24  Senate: House amendment agreed to by Senate (21-Y 17-N)

02/28/24  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB719ER)
02/28/24  House: Signed by Speaker
03/02/24  Senate: Signed by President

03/11/24  Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 11, 2024
03/11/24  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024

03/14/24  Governor: Vetoed by Governor

Go to bill here.

HB 1244 Restorative housing and isolated confinement; restrictions on use.

Introduced by: Joshua G. Cole [D]

Restorative housing and isolated confinement; restrictions on use. Prohibits the use of isolated confinement, defined in the bill, in state correctional facilities, subject to certain exceptions. The bill requires that before placing an incarcerated person in restorative housing or isolated confinement for his own protection, the facility administrator shall place an incarcerated person in a less restrictive setting, including by transferring such person to another institution or to a special-purpose housing unit for incarcerated persons who face similar threats. The bill requires that if an incarcerated person is placed in restorative housing or isolated confinement, such placement shall be reviewed every 48 hours and the facility administrator shall ensure that the incarcerated person receives a medical and mental health evaluation from certified medical and mental health professionals within one working day of placement in restorative housing or any form of isolated confinement. The bill also requires the facility administrator to notify the regional administrator in writing that an incarcerated person was placed in restorative housing or isolated confinement within 24 hours of such placement. The bill also requires that formal reviews of an incarcerated person's placement in any form of isolated confinement shall be held in such person's presence, inform him of any reason or reasons administrative officials believe isolated confinement remains necessary, and give the incarcerated person an opportunity to respond to those reasons, and a formal ruling shall be provided to the incarcerated individual within 24 hours.

01/22/24  House: Assigned PS sub: Public Safety

02/01/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 2-N)
02/01/24  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations

02/02/24  House: Reported from Public Safety (12-Y 10-N)
02/02/24  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations

02/02/24  House: Assigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety

02/07/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
02/07/24  House: Reported from Appropriations (11-Y 10-N)

02/13/24  House: Read third time and passed House (51-Y 48-N)
02/13/24  House: VOTE: Passage (51-Y 48-N)

02/14/24  Senate: Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services

02/23/24  Senate: Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with amendments (8-Y 7-N)
02/23/24  Senate: Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
03/04/24  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/04/24  Senate: Passed Senate with amendments (20-Y 19-N)

03/05/24  House: Senate amendments agreed to by House (51-Y 49-N)
03/05/24  House: VOTE: Adoption (51-Y 49-N)

Go to bill here.

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