Chapter 296

2011 -- H 5626

Enacted 07/12/11





     Introduced By: Representatives Lally, Newberry, and Reilly

     Date Introduced: March 03, 2011


It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:


     SECTION 1. Section 42-56-29 of the General Laws in Chapter 42-56 entitled

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


     42-56-29. Receiving and orientation unit -- Study of incoming prisoners. -- To

establish security standards which will safeguard society and which will provide for the most

efficient possible rehabilitation of individual prisoners, there shall be established within the

department of corrections a receiving and orientation unit which shall receive all persons

sentenced to the adult correctional institutions for a term of imprisonment of more than one year.

Every person so sentenced shall be segregated for a period not to exceed thirty (30) days during

which period the person shall be studied and evaluated to determine whether the person shall be a

maximum, medium, or minimum security risk and to develop a program of rehabilitation,

education, and medical and other care as shall be deemed necessary and appropriate to prepare

the person to become a useful member of society. During the period, a medical assessment,

psychometric, and psychological examination and an assessment of rehabilitative needs shall be

made of the person and the results, together with the nature of the offense for which the person

has been committed, the previous criminal history, if any, the recommendations of the department

of the attorney general and of the sentencing court and the social history of the person shall be

studied and evaluated in determining the degree of custodial care of the person, the rehabilitation

program for the person, the medical or other care that may be necessary and the spiritual and

religious guidance that shall be indicated by the preference of the person.


     SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.