Senate Bill 183 is a replacement bill for House Bill 37, and both bills intend to create “good time” credits for those serving their prison sentence during the Covid 19 pandemic when they were in danger of contracting the virus in prison. I assume HB 37 is going to be stricken and SB 183 will move forward instead. HB 37 had been released from the Corrections committee in the House but then placed in the Appropriations committee, where I presume it faced difficulty. You can read our write up on HB 37 here.
This new bill also concentrates on the fact that those incarcerated were unable to earn “good time” credits because there were no programs such as education which normally gave them opportunity to earn the “good time” credits.
The old bill focused on creating a “public health emergency credit” that would automatically be awarded when a public health emergency is declared. Credits would be awarded at the rate of 6 months for every month served during the public health emergency up to a maximum reduction in sentence of one year.
The new bill awards good time credits at the rate of 10 days per month served mirroring the existing amount of time that can be earned for participating in programming. The Act also provides that good-time releases cannot be delayed for program completion if the program in question was suspended, delayed, or cancelled during the pandemic.
SB 183 also directs the Department of Corrections to award an additional 1 week of good-time credit to inmates who accept a vaccine in order to bolster the Department’s efforts to incentivize inmates to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
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|Current Status: Senate Corrections & Public Safety 6/11/21|