2004 Regular Session
To: Corrections; Appropriations
By: Senator(s) Dearing, Hewes, Walls
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 47-5-1211, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REQUIRE THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS TO PAY THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE ANNUAL INMATE COST PER DAY REVIEW CONDUCTED BY THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE ON PERFORMANCE EVALUATION AND EXPENDITURE REVIEW (PEER); AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 47-5-1211, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
47-5-1211. (1) A contract for private correctional facilities or services shall not be entered into unless the contractor has demonstrated that it has:
(a) The qualifications, experience and management personnel necessary to carry out the terms of the contract.
(b) The ability to expedite the siting, design and construction of correctional facilities.
(c) The ability to comply with applicable laws, court orders and national correctional standards.
(d) Demonstrated history of successful operation and management of other correctional facilities.
(2) A facility shall at all times comply with all federal and state laws, and all applicable court orders.
(3) (a) No contract for private incarceration shall be entered into unless the cost of the private operation, including the state's cost for monitoring the private operation, offers a cost savings of at least ten percent (10%) to the Department of Corrections for at least the same level and quality of service offered by the Department of Corrections.
(b) The Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review shall contract annually with a certified public accounting firm to establish a state inmate cost per day for a comparable state facility. The Department of Corrections shall pay the costs of the contract. The state inmate cost per day shall be certified annually. The certified cost shall be used as the basis for measuring the validity of the ten percent (10%) savings of the contractor costs.
(4) The rates and benefits for correctional services shall be negotiated based upon American Correction Association standards, state law and court orders.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2004.