Chapter 480

2007 -- S 0766

Enacted 07/07/07


A N  A C T



     Introduced By: Senators Metts, Pichardo, and Perry

     Date Introduced: February 15, 2007


It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:


     SECTION 1. Section 42-56-22 of the General Laws in Chapter 42-56 entitled

"Corrections Department" is hereby amended to read as follows:


     42-56-22. Labor by persons committed on mesne process or to answer criminal

charge. -- (a) Every person who shall be committed to the adult correctional institutions to

answer for any criminal offense, whether convicted or awaiting trial, or on mesne process in any

qui tam or penal action, or on mesne process or execution in any civil action, may be permitted to

labor in the discretion of the director, or his or her designee, for the state, and in that case may be

paid not more than three dollars ($3.00) a day for every day he or she shall labor with the express

consent of the director, or his or her designee, of the department, to be credited to the prisoner's

account by the assistant director of administration, or his or her designee, and to be disbursed to

the prisoner in accordance with the rules and regulations of the institutions; provided, further,

however, there shall be maintained on account at all times at least twenty-five percent (25%) of

the earnings of each prisoner up to a maximum of one hundred dollars ($100) for those persons

serving a sentence of life imprisonment without parole under sections 11-23-2, 12-19.2-1 et seq.,

and up to a maximum of five hundred dollars ($500) one thousand dollars ($1,000) for all other

prisoners; those funds to be turned over to the prisoner at the time of his or her release from the

institution, the funds being his or her property; the moneys to be paid to the prisoner by order of

the assistant director of management services upon the general treasurer.

      (b) Nothing contained in this section shall prevent the use of the funds in the account for

the payment of any court fees and court costs required to be paid for the filing, prosecution, and

defense of any action.


     SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.