SECTION 1. Chapter 127 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section 90A and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 90A. (a) The commissioner may extend the limits of the place of confinement of a committed offender at any state correctional facility by authorizing such committed offender under prescribed conditions to be away from such correctional facility but within the commonwealth for a specified period of time, not to exceed 14 days during any 12 month period nor more than 7 days at any one time.
(b) Such authorization may be granted for any of the following purposes: (i) to attend the funeral of a relative; (ii) to visit a critically ill relative; (iii) to obtain medical, psychiatric, psychological or other social services when adequate services are not available at the facility and cannot be obtained by temporary placement in a hospital under sections one hundred and seventeen, one hundred and seventeen A, and one hundred and eighteen; (iv) to contact prospective employers; (v) to secure a suitable residence for use upon release on parole or discharge; (vi) for any other reason consistent with the reintegration of a committed offender into the community. For the purposes of this section the word “relative” shall mean the committed offender’s father, mother, child, brother, sister, husband or wife and, if the committed offender’s grandparent, uncle, aunt or foster parent acted as the committed offender’s parent in rearing such committed offender, it shall also mean such grandparent, uncle, aunt or foster parent.
(c) A committed offender who is serving a life sentence or a sentence in a state correctional facility for violation of section thirteen, thirteen B, 13B ½, 13B ¾, fourteen, fifteen, fifteen A, fifteen B, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, eighteen A, nineteen, twenty, twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-two A, 22B, 22C, twenty-three, 23A, 23B, twenty-four, twenty-four B, twenty-five or section twenty-six of chapter two hundred and sixty-five, or section seventeen, thirty-four, thirty-five, or section thirty-five A of chapter two hundred and seventy-two, or for an attempt to commit any crime referred to in said sections may be eligible for such authorization pursuant to subsections (a) and (b) upon the recommendation of the superintendent on behalf of a particular committed offender and upon the approval of the commissioner. The administrator of a county correctional facility may grant like authorization to a committed offender in such facility.
(d) A person away from a correctional facility pursuant to this section may be accompanied by an employee of the department, in the discretion of the commissioner, or an officer of a county correctional facility, in the discretion of the administrator.
(e) Any expenses incurred under the provisions of this section may be paid by the correctional facility in which the committed offender is committed. A committed offender shall, during the committed offender’s absence from a correctional facility under this section, be considered as in the custody of the correctional facility and the time of such absence shall be considered as part of the term of sentence.
SECTION 2. Said chapter 127 is hereby further amended by striking out sections 83A and 83B and inserting in place thereof the following 2 sections:-
Section 83A. The commissioner is hereby authorized to establish, on land under the control of the department of environmental management or of the metropolitan district commission and upon sites approved by the commissioner of conservation and recreation, camps to which male prisoners, including male prisoners sentenced to life who have served 8 years may be removed for employment, as designated and approved by the commissioner of conservation and recreation, in reforestation, maintenance and development of state forests, who have shown by their conduct and disposition that they would be amenable to less rigorous discipline and would benefit from work in the open air; provided, however, that only one such camp may be established on land within the urban parks district. Before any site for any such camp shall be approved, a public hearing shall be held by the commissioner of conservation and recreation, in a city or town situated within a radius of ten miles of the proposed site.
Section 83B. The commissioner may remove to any camp so established any prisoner held in a correctional institution of the commonwealth except the Massachusetts Correctional Institution, Framingham, and sentenced prisoners in jails and houses of correction, including male prisoners sentenced to life who have served 8 years, except a prisoner serving a sentence imposed for violation of sections twenty-two, 22A, 22B, 22C, twenty-three, 23A, 23B and twenty-four of chapter two hundred and sixty-five and for attempt to commit a crime referred to in said sections, who, in his judgment, may properly be so removed and may at any time return such prisoners to the prison from whence removed. Prisoners so removed shall be entitled to a permit to be at liberty as provided under the provisions of sections 128 and 133 of chapter 127.
If a prisoner escapes or attempts to escape from a prison camp all deductions from the sentence he is then serving shall be thereby forfeited. A prisoner who is entitled to have the term of his imprisonment reduced shall receive from the parole board a certificate of discharge and shall be released from the prison camp on the date which has been determined by such additional deduction from the maximum term of his sentence or sentences.
SECTION 3. Said chapter 127 is hereby further amended by striking out section 97 and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 97. The commissioner may transfer any sentenced prisoner from one correctional institution of the commonwealth to another, and with the approval of the sheriff of the county from any such institution except a prisoner who has not served at least 8 years of a life sentence to any jail or house of correction, or a sentenced prisoner from any jail or house of correction to any such institution except the Massachusetts Correctional Institution, Cedar Junction, or from any jail or house of correction to any other jail or house of correction. Prisoners so removed shall be subject to the terms of their original sentences and to the provisions of law governing parole from the correctional institutions of the commonwealth.
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