Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Unified Code of Corrections. Provides that all of the institutions and facilities of the Department of Corrections shall permit every committed person to receive in-person visitors, except in case of abuse of the visiting privilege or when the chief administrative officer determines that such visiting would be harmful or dangerous to the security, safety or morale of the institution or facility. Provides that an institution or facility of the Department may not charge a fee to either a committed person or visitor for video visitation that results in a profit for the Department.
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Unified Code of Corrections. Provides that all of the institutions and facilities of the Department of Corrections shall permit every committed person to receive in-person visitors and video contact. Deletes provision that no committed person in a super maximum security facility or on disciplinary segregation is allowed contact visits. Provides that the Department shall seek the lowest possible cost to provide video calling and shall charge to the extent of recovering any demonstrated costs of providing video calling. Provides that the Departments shall not make a commission or profit from video calling services. Provides that nothing in this provision shall be construed to permit video calling instead of in-person visitation.