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House Bill No. 6569

Public Act No. 03-106

AN ACT CONCERNING THE COMPOSITION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION AND THE PAYMENT OF TELEPHONE CALLS BY INMATES OF CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 18-78 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

There is established a state Department of Correction [,] which shall consist of [the Enfield Correctional Institution, Enfield; the Northern Correctional Institution, Somers; the Osborn Correctional Institution, Somers; the Carl Robinson Correctional Institution, Enfield; the William Willard-Alexander J. Cybulski Correctional Institution, Enfield; the Bridgeport Correctional Center, Bridgeport; the Cheshire Correctional Institution, Cheshire; the Ward A. Garner Correctional Institution, Newtown; the John R. Manson Youth Institution, Cheshire; the New Haven Correctional Center, New Haven; the Noah Daniel Webster Correctional Institution, Cheshire; the Brooklyn Correctional Institution, Brooklyn; the Raymond L. Corrigan Correctional Institution, Uncasville; the Bernard J. Gates Correctional Institution, Niantic; the Donald T. Bergin Correctional Institution, Mansfield; the Stanley J. Radgowski Correctional Institution, Uncasville; the Janet S. York Correctional Institution, Niantic; the Hartford Correctional Center, Hartford; the Ellis R. MacDougall Correctional Institution, Suffield; the Ralph H. Walker Reception and Special Management Unit, Suffield; and community enforcement offices located in Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, Norwich and Waterbury] all correctional institutions under its jurisdiction, the regional community services facilities and the community correctional centers.

Sec. 2. Section 18-81s of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

The Commissioner of Correction shall establish a pilot program to allow an option, to be made available to inmates of a unit under said commissioner's control, for payment of telephone service by use of a debit account system or other similar system, in lieu of collect calls, under which funds may be deposited into an inmate's account in order to pay for station-to-station telephone service for such inmate. Said commissioner shall post notice of such option to the inmates and their families. The commissioner, in consultation with the Chief Information Officer of the state, shall make every effort to have a pilot program for a debit account system, or similar system, in place [within one year of June 3, 2002] not later than June 3, 2004.

Approved June 18, 2003