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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 657        FILED ON: 1/18/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 483


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Elizabeth A. Poirier


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act authorizing sheriffs to impose fees.






Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

George N. Peterson, Jr.

9th Worcester

Susan Williams Gifford

2nd Plymouth

F. Jay Barrows

1st Bristol

Thomas J. Calter

12th Plymouth

Daniel K. Webster

6th Plymouth

Donald F. Humason, Jr.

4th Hampden

Shaunna O'Connell

3rd Bristol

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Paul K. Frost

7th Worcester

George T. Ross

2nd Bristol

Richard Bastien

2nd Worcester

Matthew A. Beaton

11th Worcester

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Steven S. Howitt

4th Bristol

Kevin J. Kuros

8th Worcester

Steven L. Levy

4th Middlesex

David T. Vieira

3rd Barnstable

Daniel B. Winslow

9th Norfolk

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

Thomas M. Hodgson

Bristol County Sheriff's Office
400 Faunce Corner Road
North Dartmouth, MA 02747

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 657        FILED ON: 1/18/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 483

By Ms. Poirier of North Attleborough, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 483) of Elizabeth A. Poirier and others that county commissioners and the sheriffs for the various counties institute a schedule of fees and assess fees to inmates in their custody.  The Judiciary. 


SEE HOUSE, NO. 4620 OF 2009-2010.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act authorizing sheriffs to impose fees.


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              SECTION 1. Chapter 127 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2006 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting, after section 48A, the following section:-

              Section 48B. The commissioner and the sheriffs for the various counties may institute a schedule of fees and assess said fees to inmates in their custody as follows:-

              A daily cost of custodial care fee not to exceed $5;

              A medical sick call visit fee not related to a condition pre-existing at the time of incarceration not to exceed $5;

              A dental sick call visit fee not to exceed $5;

              A pair of prescription eyeglasses fee not to exceed$5;

              A pharmacy prescription fee not to exceed $3 per prescription.

              Any penal facility assessing fees shall establish a procedure for inmates to appeal any such assessment.

              Notwithstanding the above, the following services shall be exempt from fee assessment: admission health screening, 14 day health assessment, emergency health care, hospitalization or infirmary care, prenatal care, lab and diagnostic care, follow-up visits approved by health services, contagious disease care and chronic disease care.

              No inmate shall be denied access to medical or dental care because of an inability to pay any fee. Indigent inmates shall have the above fees and costs assessed and debited against the inmate’s money account which, if not paid, shall remain due and payable as a charge to the inmate after his release from custody. If the inmate is not incarcerated within 2 years of his release from custody, this debt shall be forgiven.

              This section shall not apply to federal inmates, detainees or regional lock-up inmates. The commissioner and the sheriffs of the various counties shall promulgate rules and regulations for the implementation of this section.

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