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904.703 Services of inmates---institutions and public service.

Inmates shall work on state account in the maintenance of state institutions, in the erection, repair, authorized demolition, or operation of buildings and works used in connection with the institutions, and in industries established and maintained in connection with the institutions by the director. The director shall encourage the making of agreements with departments and agencies of the state or its political subdivisions to provide products or services under an inmate work program to the departments and agencies. The director may implement an inmate work program for trustworthy inmates of state correctional institutions, under proper supervision, whether at work centers located outside the state correctional institutions or in construction or maintenance work at public or charitable facilities and for other agencies of state, county, or local government. The supervision, security, and transportation of, and allowances paid to inmates used in public service projects shall be provided pursuant to agreements made by the director and the agency for which the work is done. Housing and maintenance shall also be provided pursuant to the agreement unless the inmate is housed and maintained in the correctional facility. All such work, including but not limited to that provided in this section, shall have as its primary purpose the development of attitudes, skills, and habit patterns which are conducive to inmate rehabilitation. The director may adopt rules allowing inmates participating in an inmate work program to receive educational or vocational training outside the state correctional institutions and away from the work centers or public or charitable facilities used under a program.

However, an inmate shall not work in a public service project if the work of that inmate would replace a person employed by the state agency or political subdivision, which employee is performing the work of the public service project at the time the inmate is being considered for work in the project.

The director may enter into a chapter 28E agreement with a county board of supervisors or county conservation board to provide inmate services for environmental maintenance including but not limited to brush and weed cutting, tree planting, and erosion control. The board of supervisors or conservation board shall reimburse the department of corrections for the allowance paid the inmates by the director. The supervision, security, and transportation of inmates used pursuant to the chapter 28E agreement shall be provided by the department of corrections.

Section History: Early form

[S13, § 5702-a; SS15, § 5718-a11; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 3757; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 246.18]

Section History: Recent form

83 Acts, ch 51, § 3, 7, 9; 83 Acts, ch 96, § 159, 160 ~ICS83, § 217A.78 ~I85 Acts, ch 21, § 26, 54 ~ICS85, § 246.703 ~I88 Acts, ch 1165, § 2; 90 Acts, ch 1251, § 31 ~IC93, § 904.703

Internal References

Referred to in § 85.59, 669.2, 904.704, 904.802, 904.808

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