HB 303 Changes the laws regarding prison canteen funds

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Current Bill Summary

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HCS/HB 303 - This act specifies that the chief administrative officer of any correctional center may, with the approval of the Director of the Department of Corrections, establish and operate a canteen or commissary for the use and benefit of the offenders. The act specifies provisions that shall apply for all money collected and expended for a canteen or commissary before August 28, 2019.

The currently existing Inmate Canteen Fund shall be established in the state treasury. This fund shall consist of funds received from inmate canteens located in correctional facilities. Any proceeds generated from this fund shall be expended solely for the purpose of improving inmate recreational, religious, educational, and reentry services. On August 28, 2019, the unexpended balance in any inmate canteen fund shall be transferred from the Canteen Fund established prior to August 28, 2019, to the Canteen Fund established after August 28, 2019, and all canteen funds established prior to August 28, 2019, will be abolished.

The act also requires the Director of the Department of Corrections to ensure that feminine hygiene products are available to offenders for free while the offenders are incarcerated and in quantities that are appropriate for each offender's needs.

This act is similar to SB 434 (2019).


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