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Full Text of HB6200  99th General Assembly


Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins

Filed: 5/25/2016





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 6200 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 1. Legislative findings and intent. The General
5Assembly finds that the ability of an individual incarcerated
6to maintain contact with the community and family is critical
7to a successful re-entry after release from prison. In
8addition, many incarcerated people are parents. Communication
9has been proven essential to the healthy development of their
10children. Many people are incarcerated far away from where
11their family and friends reside, which in some cases may be a
12country outside the United States. Telephone calls are
13frequently the only method available to maintain vital contact
14with loved ones. The purpose of this legislation is to ensure
15that people incarcerated can maintain contact with their loved
16ones without creating an undue burden on the person
17incarcerated or the recipient of phone calls. The General



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1Assembly intends that when determining the best value of a
2telephone service, the lowest possible cost to the telephone
3user shall be emphasized.
4    Section 5. The Unified Code of Corrections is amended by
5changing Section 3-4-1 as follows:
6    (730 ILCS 5/3-4-1)  (from Ch. 38, par. 1003-4-1)
7    Sec. 3-4-1. Gifts and Grants; Special Trusts Funds;
8Department of Corrections Reimbursement and Education Fund.
9    (a) The Department may accept, receive and use, for and in
10behalf of the State, any moneys, goods or services given for
11general purposes of this Code by the federal government or from
12any other source, public or private, including collections from
13inmates, reimbursement of payments under the Workers'
14Compensation Act, and commissions from inmate collect call
15telephone systems under an agreement with the Department of
16Central Management Services. For these purposes the Department
17may comply with such conditions and enter into such agreements
18upon such covenants, terms, and conditions as the Department
19may deem necessary or desirable, if the agreement is not in
20conflict with State law.
21    (a-5) Beginning January 1, 2018, the Department of Central
22Management Services shall contract with the qualified vendor
23who proposes the lowest per minute rate not exceeding 7 cents
24per minute for debit, prepaid, collect calls and who does not



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1bill to any party any tax, service charge, or additional fee
2exceeding the per minute rate, including, but not limited to,
3any per call surcharge, account set up fee, bill statement fee,
4monthly account maintenance charge, or refund fee as
5established by the Federal Communications Commission Order for
6state prisons in the Matter of Rates for Interstate Inmate
7Calling Services, Second Report and Order, WC Docket 12-375,
8FCC 15-136 (adopted Oct. 22, 2015). Telephone services made
9available through a prepaid or collect call system shall
10include international calls; those calls shall be made
11available at reasonable rates subject to Federal
12Communications Commission rules and regulations, but not to
13exceed 23 cents per minute. This amendatory Act of the 99th
14General Assembly applies to any new or renewal contract for
15inmate calling services.
16    (b) On July 1, 1998, the Department of Corrections
17Reimbursement Fund and the Department of Corrections Education
18Fund shall be combined into a single fund to be known as the
19Department of Corrections Reimbursement and Education Fund,
20which is hereby created as a special fund in the State
21Treasury. The moneys deposited into the Department of
22Corrections Reimbursement and Education Fund shall be
23appropriated to the Department of Corrections for the expenses
24of the Department.
25    The following shall be deposited into the Department of
26Corrections Reimbursement and Education Fund:



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1        (i) Moneys received or recovered by the Department of
2    Corrections as reimbursement for expenses incurred for the
3    incarceration of committed persons.
4        (ii) Moneys received or recovered by the Department as
5    reimbursement of payments made under the Workers'
6    Compensation Act.
7        (iii) Moneys received by the Department as commissions
8    from inmate collect call telephone systems.
9        (iv) Moneys received or recovered by the Department as
10    reimbursement for expenses incurred by the employment of
11    persons referred to the Department as participants in the
12    federal Job Training Partnership Act programs.
13        (v) Federal moneys, including reimbursement and
14    advances for services rendered or to be rendered and moneys
15    for other than educational purposes, under grant or
16    contract.
17        (vi) Moneys identified for deposit into the Fund under
18    Section 13-44.4 of the School Code.
19        (vii) Moneys in the Department of Corrections
20    Reimbursement Fund and the Department of Corrections
21    Education Fund at the close of business on June 30, 1998.
22(Source: P.A. 90-9, eff. 7-1-97; 90-587, eff. 7-1-98.)
23    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect January
241, 2017.".