SECTION 1. Chapter 7C of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 72 the following section:-
Section 73. (a) For the purposes of this section, the term “correctional facility” shall have the same meaning as provided in section 1 of chapter 125.
(b) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, a state agency or public agency shall not:
(i) study, plan, design, acquire, lease, search for sites, or construct new correctional facilities or detention centers;
(ii) expand the capacity of an existing correctional facility or detention center beyond its current design or rated capacity;
(iii) convert any part of an existing or dormant correctional facility or detention center for the purpose of detention or incarceration, including to change or expand the populations incarcerated in that facility or center;
(iv) renovate an existing or dormant correctional facility or detention center beyond requirements for maintenance or to comply with building code requirements; or
(v) repair an existing or dormant correctional facility or detention center for the purposes of expanding the facility or center, or increasing its bed capacity.
SECTION 2. Section 73 of chapter 7C of the General Laws is hereby repealed.
SECTION 3. Section 2 shall take effect 5 years after the effective date of this act.
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