ACT NO. 177
Sexual exploitation of inmates; punishment of inmates; foreign treaties; segregation of inmates with a serious mental illness; joint legislative corrections oversight committee
This act address several issues related to the department of corrections and the inmates of correctional facilities.
Sec. 1 makes it a crime for a correctional employee, a contractor, or a person providing services to offenders to engage in a sexual act with (1) an inmate or (2) a person being supervised by the department if the supervisee is on the supervisor's caseload.
Sec. 2 clarifies that a segregated inmate must be provided food of the same nutritional quality as provided to the general inmate population. Sec. 2 also makes grammatical changes to improve the readability of 28 V.S.A. § 853.
Sec. 3 conforms state statute to federal law by requiring Vermont to honor treaties between the federal government and other countries.
Sec. 4 statutorily limits the length of time that an inmate with a serious mental illness may be placed in segregation.
Sec. 5 requires the joint legislative corrections oversight committee to explore current law and practice concerning a number of corrections-related issues, including the segregation of inmates.
Effective Date: July 1, 2006
The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street