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H.736

AN ACT RELATING TO CHILDREN OF INCARCERATED PARENTS

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  CORRECTIONS OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE; CHILDREN OF INCARCERATED PARENTS; REPORT

(a)  During the summer and fall of 2008, the corrections oversight committee shall investigate issues regarding minor children of incarcerated parents.  The investigation shall include:

(1)  A report from the commissioner of corrections on data on the prevalence of inmates who are parents of minor children including the number of inmates who are primary caregivers of minor children.

(2)  Identification of mail, telephone, and visiting policies that promote appropriate family contact.

(3)  Current practices and appropriate training for law enforcement officers regarding behavior and protocols when arresting parents who are responsible for or might be responsible for minor children.

(4)  A report from the secretary of human services on how to provide appropriate support and assistance to the children of incarcerated parents.

(b)  The committee shall make recommendations regarding:

(1)  Ways to increase and improve appropriate contact between minor children and their incarcerated parents.

(2)  Data to be collected to enable the general assembly to understand the impact of incarceration of parents on minor children and to help policy makers access resources and formulate solutions.  The committee shall also make recommendations on how the data will be collected.

(3)  Appropriate training for law enforcement officers regarding behavior and protocols when arresting parents who are responsible for or might be responsible for minor children.

(4)  Cost estimates of resources needed to make recommended changes.

(5)  Appropriate support and assistance to the children of incarcerated parents using existing resources, programs, and staff of the agency of human services.

(c)  The committee shall report its findings and recommendations to the general assembly on or before January 15, 2009. 

Sec. 2.  2 V.S.A. § 801(d) is amended to read:

(d)  When the general assembly is in session, the committee shall meet at the call of the chair.  The committee may meet four six times during adjournment, and may meet more often subject to approval of the speaker of the house and the president pro tempore of the senate.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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