CSHB 428(FIN): "An Act relating to the authority of the Department of Corrections to contract for facilities for the confinement and care of prisoners, and annulling a regulation of the Department of Corrections that limits the purposes for which an agreement with a private agency may be entered into; and giving notice of and approving a lease-purchase agreement for the design, construction, and operation of a correctional facility in the Third Judicial District, and setting conditions and limitations on the facility's design, construction, and operation."
00CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 428(FIN) 01 "An Act relating to the authority of the Department of Corrections to contract 02 for facilities for the confinement and care of prisoners, and annulling a regulation 03 of the Department of Corrections that limits the purposes for which an agreement 04 with a private agency may be entered into; and giving notice of and approving 05 a lease-purchase agreement for the design, construction, and operation of a 06 correctional facility in the Third Judicial District, and setting conditions and 07 limitations on the facility's design, construction, and operation." 08 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 09 * Section 1. AS 33.30.031(a) is amended to read: 10 (a) The commissioner shall determine the availability of state correctional 11 facilities suitable for the detention and confinement of persons held under authority of 12 state law or under agreement entered into under (e) of this section. If the 13 commissioner determines that suitable state correctional facilities are not available, the 14 commissioner may enter into an agreement with a public or private agency to provide
01 necessary facilities, subject to the following: 02 (1) the commissioner may not enter into an agreement with a 03 public or private agency that is unable to provide a degree of custody, care, and 04 discipline to the extent required by the laws of this state; 05 (2) correctional [. CORRECTIONAL] facilities provided through 06 agreement with a public agency for the detention and confinement of persons held 07 under authority of state law may be in this state or in another state; 08 (3) correctional [. CORRECTIONAL] facilities provided through 09 agreement with a private agency 10 (A) must be located in this state unless the commissioner finds 11 in writing that 12 (i) [(1)] there is no other reasonable alternative for 13 detention in the state; and 14 (ii) [(2)] the agreement is necessary because of health 15 or security considerations involving a particular prisoner or class of 16 prisoners, or because an emergency of prisoner overcrowding is 17 imminent; 18 (B) may provide for the detention and confinement of all 19 persons held by the commissioner under authority of state law, whether 20 charged with or convicted of felonies or misdemeanors, without regard to 21 the custody classifications for prisoners as determined by the 22 commissioner, unless the security of the facility is inconsistent with those 23 custody classifications; and 24 (C) may not be administratively restricted or limited by the 25 commissioner to use only for prisoners involved in certain rehabilitative or 26 treatment programs authorized by law. [THE COMMISSIONER MAY 27 NOT ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH AN AGENCY UNABLE TO 28 PROVIDE A DEGREE OF CUSTODY, CARE, AND DISCIPLINE SIMILAR 29 TO THAT REQUIRED BY THE LAWS OF THIS STATE.] 30 * Sec. 2. NOTICE AND APPROVAL OF LEASE-PURCHASE AGREEMENT. (a) To 31 provide for the design, construction, and operation of a new correctional facility in order to
01 relieve overcrowding of existing correctional facilities, the Department of Administration, on 02 behalf of the Department of Corrections, may enter into a lease-purchase agreement with a 03 private third-party contractor under AS 33.30.031 for the design, construction, and operation 04 of a correctional facility in the Third Judicial District that will house persons who are 05 committed to the custody of the commissioner of corrections. The project approval given by 06 this subsection is subject to the conditions of (b) of this section and to the following 07 limitations: 08 (1) the total construction and related costs of establishing the correctional 09 facility may not exceed $100,000,000; 10 (2) the total lease payments for the full term of the agreement may not exceed 11 $200,000,000 and the anticipated annual amount of the rental obligation to be paid by the 12 Department of Corrections under the lease must be reasonably commensurate with that total; 13 and 14 (3) at the end of the term of the lease-purchase agreement, the state shall own 15 the correctional facility. 16 (b) The correctional facility to be designed, constructed, and operated under the notice 17 and approval given in (a) of this section 18 (1) must be designed and constructed so as to house, in separate housing, 19 female prisoners and male prisoners; 20 (2) may not contain a total population of more than 1,000 prisoners, but must 21 be designed and constructed so as to allow expansion of the facility to a greater capacity; and 22 (3) may not be operated by the state except temporarily when 23 (A) the private third-party contractor with whom the state has entered 24 into an agreement to operate defaults in performance under the contract and state 25 operation is reasonably necessary to ensure the facility's continued operation; or 26 (B) the state is unable to contract with a private third-party contractor. 27 (c) If required by the commissioner of corrections as a condition of the correctional 28 facility's operation, in the award of a contract for the operation of the correctional facility to 29 be designed, constructed, and operated under the notice and approval given in (a) of this 30 section, the Department of Administration shall require that persons employed by the 31 contractor as correctional officers in the facility meet the requirements of AS 18.65.130 -
01 18.65.290 that are applicable to correctional officers. 02 (d) Subsection (a) of this section constitutes the notice and approval required by 03 AS 36.30.085. 04 * Sec. 3. CONSTRUCTION OF CORRECTIONAL FACILITY UNDER PROJECT 05 LABOR AGREEMENT. (a) The purpose of this section is to enable the state to meet its 06 obligation to improve the care and custody of the prisoners for which it is responsible at an 07 early date through the completion of construction of a major correctional facility by structuring 08 labor relations at the job site of the correctional facility in the interests of industrial harmony 09 and in a way that makes optimal use of construction resources. 10 (b) Notwithstanding any restrictions that may be applicable under AS 36.30, the 11 correctional facility described in sec. 2 of this Act may be constructed only under a public 12 construction project labor agreement between the building construction contractor and one or 13 more building trade unions; the labor agreement must provide 14 (1) a no-strike and no-slowdown pledge by the union or unions; 15 (2) a commitment on the part of the construction contractor to hire through 16 local union hiring halls; and 17 (3) a provision allowing not more than 15 percent of the construction 18 contractor's workforce on the public construction project to be composed of persons who are 19 not members of the union or unions. 20 * Sec. 4. Nothing in sec. 2 of this Act precludes operation of the correctional facility 21 described in sec. 2(a) of this Act by a private third-party contractor comprised of persons 22 employed by the Department of Corrections. 23 * Sec. 5. 22 AAC 05.300(e) is annulled.