Budget Amendment ID: FY2019-S4-1100

EPS 1100

Regulating the Closure of State Correctional Facilities

Ms. O'Connor Ives and Mr. O'Connor moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting the after Section X the following section:

SECTION 1. As used in this act, the following words shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

“Institution,” Massachusetts State Correctional Facilities

“Member communities:” communities under the jurisdiction of Massachusetts Department of Corrections.

SECTION 2. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the Massachusetts Department of Corrections located in the towns hosting a state institution shall continue operation until such time that the following are completed:

a) A study on the public safety impacts of closing institution on member communities

b) A cost analysis of the closing, to include the financial impacts on the member communities

c) A thorough appraisal of the building, land and structures on the property including the yearly maintenance costs associated with each

d) A public hearing in the town hosting a state institution

e) A public hearing state house

SECTION 3. A report of the study and analysis shall be submitted to the Senate President, the Speaker of the House, and the Senators and Representatives of member communities no later than two years after the passage of this legislation.

SECTION 4. No state correctional facilities shall be closed without prior notification to the legislature.