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       A JOINT RESOLUTION creating a task force on statewide jail consolidation.

       WHEREAS, in 1975, fiscal courts ceased functioning as judicial bodies and began

functioning as purely administrative bodies under the Judicial Article passed by the

General Assembly and ratified by the citizens of the Commonwealth; and

       WHEREAS, the responsibility for the incarceration of prisoners not charged with

state-level crimes has remained with the counties; and

       WHEREAS, the overall costs of jails have increased over the years to, according to

the state auditor, a staggering sum of $244 million in fiscal year 2005, of half of which
sum is being paid directly by the counties themselves; and

       WHEREAS, prison populations are increasing and, according to the state auditor, in

2004 Kentucky had the fifth highest percentage growth in inmate population in the United

States, as well as ranking second in the number of state and federal inmates incarcerated

in county jails; and

       WHEREAS, the state auditor further notes that at least one county expends 45% of

its general fund moneys on the operation and maintenance of its jail, and that twelve

counties are spending between 30% and 45% of their general fund moneys to support

their respective jails; and

       WHEREAS, the state auditor indicates that the state's practice of funding prisoners

shifts a significant financial burden from state taxpayers to some county taxpayers; and

       WHEREAS, after three decades, the current system of county-supported jails needs,

at the very least, a thorough review to examine whether or not a unified jail system could

lead to a more secure and safe environment for both prisoners and the public at large, and

as well, through economies of scale, save the citizens of the Commonwealth considerable

sums of money that could be put to uses other than the incarceration of prisoners;

       NOW, THEREFORE,

Be it resolved by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:
       Section 1. (1)        There is hereby created a task force of the Legislative

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Research Commission on statewide jail consolidation. The task force shall initially meet

no later than September 1, 2008, and shall report its written recommendations and any

proposed legislation in accordance with subsection (3) of this section to the Interim Joint

Committees on Appropriations and Revenue and Local Government no later than

November 1, 2009. The task force shall cease to exist upon the making of its report.

(2)    The task force shall review current correctional issues and data, including:

       (a)     The statutory duties of county jailers;

       (b)     Jail expenditures by state and local governments;
       (c)     Statutory and constitutional housing requirements for prisoners;

       (d)     An inventory of local correctional facilities;

       (e)     County jail bonding obligations;

       (f)     Jail census projections; and

       (g)     Consolidated jail efforts in other states.

(3)    After reviewing the current correctional issues and data, the task force shall prepare

       a report and recommendations that address at least the following areas:

       (a)     Incorporation of elected county jailers into the state corrections system;

       (b)     Incorporation of local correctional facilities into the state corrections system;

       (c)     The development of a transition plan and timetable; and

       (d)     A cost estimate for statewide jail consolidation.

(4)    The task force shall consist of the following members:

       (a)     Four (4) county judge/executives, two (2) each to be appointed by the Speaker

               of the House and the President of the Senate from a list of eight nominees

               submitted by the governing body of the Kentucky County Judge/Executive

               Association;

       (b)     Four (4) county jailers, two (2) each to be appointed by the Speaker of the
               House and the President of the Senate from a list of eight nominees submitted

               by the governing body of the Kentucky Jailers Association;

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       (c)      Two (2) county magistrates/commissioners one (1) each to be appointed by

                the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate from a list of four

                nominees submitted by the governing body of the Kentucky Magistrates &

                Commissioners Association;

       (d)      Two (2) members representing the judicial branch, one (1) each to be

                appointed by the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate from a

                list of four nominees submitted by the executive director of the Administrative

                Office of the Courts;
       (e)      Two (2) members of the Kentucky House of Representatives to be selected by

                the Speaker of the House;

       (f)      Two (2) members of the Kentucky Senate to be selected by the President of

                the Senate;

       (g)      The secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet or a designee;

       (h)      The commissioner of the Department of Corrections, or a designee; and

       (i)      The commissioner of the Governor’s Office for Local Development or a

                designee.

(5)    Final membership of the task force is subject to the consideration and approval of

       the Legislative Research Commission.

(6)    At the initial meeting of the task force, the members shall elect a chair and vice

       chair.

(7)    Except as provided in KRS 18A.200, members of the task force shall receive actual

       travel expenses while attending meetings.

(8)    The task force may employ consultants if approved by the Legislative Research

       Commission, request and hear testimony, and take other steps to ensure a thorough

       and reasonable study of the issue. The task force shall be staffed by the Legislative
       Research Commission.

(9)    Provisions of this section to the contrary notwithstanding, the Legislative Research

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       Commission shall have the authority to alternatively assign the issues identified

       herein to an interim joint committee or subcommittee thereof, and to designate a

       study completion date.




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