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  • NJ S1880
  • Imposes certain requirements on telephone service contracts for inmates in certain correctional facilities.*
Introduced
(3/10/2016)
In Committee
(6/6/2016)
Crossed Over
(6/27/2016)
Passed
(6/27/2016)
Signed
(8/31/2016)
Dead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill imposes certain requirements on telephone service contracts for inmates in State or county correctional facilities, requires the State, counties, and private correctional facilities to make certain call systems available for telephone services for inmates, and directs the Department of Corrections to establish rules and regulations to ensure the safety and security of inmate telephone call systems required by the bill Telephone Service Contracts. Under the bill, telephone service contracts for inmates in State or county correctional facilities are subject to the procurement provisions set forth in chapter 34 of Title 52 of the Revised Statutes and chapter 11 of Title 40A of the New Jersey Statutes. In addition, the bill provides that the State Treasurer or appropriate person on behalf of the county or private correctional facility must contract for these services with a qualified vendor who: (1) proposes the lowest per minute rate not exceeding the maximum rate allowed by the Federal Communications Commission for state prisons (adopted October 22, 2015) or successor order for debit, prepaid, and collect calls, and (2) does not bill any party a service charge or additional fee exceeding the per minute rate, including any per call surcharge, account set up fee, bill statement fee, monthly account maintenance charge, or refund fee. The bill prohibits the State, counties, and private correctional facilities from accepting or receiving a commission or any other payment from the telephone service provider based upon an amount the provider billed for telephone calls made by inmates in the correctional facility. The bill also requires telephone services made available to inmates in accordance with this bill to include international calls at reasonable rates subject to Federal Communications Commission rules and regulations, but not to exceed 25 cents per minute. Inmate Call Systems. The bill requires the Department of Corrections, each county correctional facility, and each private correctional facility to make available a prepaid or collect call system, or a combination of the two, for telephone services for inmates. Under a prepaid call system, the bill provides that funds may be deposited into an inmate account to pay for telephone calls, as long as the department, county, or private correctional facility is not required to provide for or administer that prepaid system. The bill requires the provider of the inmate telephone service, as an additional means of payment, to permit the recipient of inmate collect calls to establish an account with that provider to deposit funds for advance payment of those collect calls. Rules and Regulations. The bill requires the Department of Corrections to establish rules and regulations or departmental procedures to ensure that any inmate telephone call system established by the bill provides reasonable security measures to preserve the safety and security of State and county correctional facilities, staff members, and those outside a facility who may receive inmate telephone calls. Effective Date. The provisions of the bill that impose requirements on telephone service contracts for inmates in State or county correctional facilities take effect immediately and apply to any new or renewal contract for inmate telephone services in effect on or after April 10, 2015. The provisions of the bill that require the State, counties, and private correctional facilities to make certain call systems available for telephone services for inmates take effect on the first day of the fourth month after enactment. The provisions of the bill that direct the Department of Corrections to establish rules and regulations to ensure the safety and security of inmate telephone call systems take effect immediately upon enactment.
2nd Reading in the Senate, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Budget and Appropriations, Law and Public Safety, Passed both Houses, Passed Senate
Approved P.L.2016, c.37.  (on 8/31/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
8/31/2016 A Approved P.L.2016, c.37.
6/27/2016 A Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (57-21-0)
6/27/2016 A Substituted for A1419 (3R)
6/27/2016 A Received in the Assembly without Reference, 2nd Reading
6/27/2016 S Passed by the Senate (35-2)
6/23/2016 S Senate Amendment (24-0) (Turner)
6/6/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading
6/6/2016 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (13:00 6/6/2016 Committee Room 4, 1st Floor)
5/23/2016 S Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
5/23/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading
5/23/2016 Senate Law and Public Safety Hearing (10:30 5/23/2016 Committee Room 10, 3rd Floor)
3/10/2016 S Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/27/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 57 21 2
Detail 6/27/2016 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 35 2 3
Detail 6/27/2016 Assembly Floor: Substitute For A1419 Aca (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 6/23/2016 Senate Floor: Second Reading (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 6/23/2016 Senate Floor: Amend 24 0 16
Detail 6/6/2016 Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee: Reported with Amendments 13 0 0
Detail 5/23/2016 Senate Law and Public Safety Committee: Reported with Amendments 4 0 1