|BILL AS INTRODUCED||2007-2008|
Introduced by Representatives Haas of Rochester, Clarkson of Woodstock, Donovan of Burlington, Evans of Essex, Fisher of Lincoln, French of Randolph, Martin of Springfield, Martin of Wolcott, Myers of Essex, Pellett of Chester, Pugh of S. Burlington and Sweaney of Windsor
Subject: Corrections; incarcerated parents; telephone services
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to direct the commissioner of corrections to investigate more affordable telephone services to enable incarcerated parents to maintain regular contact with their children.
AN ACT RELATING TO AFFORDABLE TELEPHONE SERVICE FOR INCARCERATED PARENTS
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONS; INCARCERATED
PARENTS; TELEPHONE SERVICE
(a) It is the policy of the state of Vermont that incarcerated parents with children under 18 years of age should be able to communicate daily with their children. Therefore, the commissioner of corrections shall investigate options for affordable telephone service for these inmates which enable them to talk with their children on a daily basis.
(b) On or before January 15, 2008, the commissioner of corrections shall report to the senate and house committees on institutions on options for encouraging and facilitating daily telephone conversations between incarcerated parents and their children, whether the commissioner has taken action to implement any of the options, and, if not, what the commissioner needs in order to implement one or more options.
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