(1) Any combination of two or more counties may establish a regional jail, which shall be maintained and operated in accordance with the provisions of chapter 951.
(2) Any regional jail shall be supervised and managed by a board consisting of one county commissioner from each participating county and the sheriff from each participating county. The county commissioner shall be selected by the board of county commissioners of each county, respectively.
(3) Each board shall:
(a) Promulgate rules and regulations relating to the management, maintenance, and operation of the regional jail, provided that such rules and regulations are consistent with Department of Corrections standards.
(b) Acquire land for construction of a regional jail upon approval of participating boards of county commissioners.
(c) Employ required personnel pursuant to chapter 943, giving first priority, wherever possible, to persons employed by the county jails of the participating counties.
(d) Appoint a superintendent for the regional jail.
(e) Purchase casualty and other insurance for protection of the participating counties.
(f) Elect a chairperson and secretary.
(g) Submit an annual report to each of the participating boards of county commissioners and to the secretary of the Department of Corrections, which report shall be due on July 1 of each year. Such report shall include a summary of activities and budgetary data.
(4) Each participating county shall be responsible:
(a) For its proportionate share of maintenance, operational, and fixed capital outlay expenses.
(b) For the cost of transportation for an offender under the county’s jurisdiction for the duration of the offender’s confinement.
(5)(a) A county may elect to withdraw from participation in a regional jail, provided that such withdrawal is approved by a unanimous vote of the regional jail board and the boards of county commissioners of all participating counties.
(b) The withdrawing county shall remain obligated for the payment of its proportionate share of any lease agreement entered into by participating counties, unless otherwise provided by the regional jail board.
History.—s. 12, ch. 86-183; s. 54, ch. 91-110.
950.002 County work camps.—
(1) Any county may establish a county work camp, which shall be maintained and operated by the county in accordance with the provisions of chapter 951.
(2) If a county wishes to contract for state construction funding of a county work camp through community corrections construction funds, the county may designate appropriate county-owned land for the site of the proposed facility. Any combination of two or more counties may develop a unified plan for a county work camp utilizing either individual contracts between participating counties and the department or an interlocal agreement between participating counties and a contract between the department and the county where the work camp is located. State-owned land may be used for the site if any is available and the state is amenable to its use for this purpose. The proposed plan for construction of a county work camp may include the option of having the facility constructed by the department through state inmate labor.
(3) The proposed county work camp plan shall include provision for the use of county work camp inmates for labor on projects within the county and provision for inmate classification, health services, basic education, basic substance abuse testing and treatment, and job or vocational training within the county work camp.
(4) Upon issuance of a certificate of compliance, the Department of Corrections shall submit the county work camp plan as a part of its legislative budget request.
(5) Upon completion of the county work camp facility, one-half of the total beds shall be designated for the housing of persons whose presumptive sentence exceeds 22 months of incarceration, provided that such persons are sentenced and committed to the custody of the county and receive a sentence of community-based sanctions pursuant to this act; provided further that such persons shall be transferred to the custody of the state in the event that a county no longer participates in such contract or if for any other reason the contract is terminated as provided in subsection (7). The remaining beds shall be reserved for offenders committed to the custody of the county. Only those offenders who commit a crime in the county where the county work camp facility is located may be committed by the circuit and county courts to such facility; however, any combination of two or more counties may contract with the department or may enter into an interlocal agreement for the placement of offenders into a county work camp. The state shall reimburse the county or counties for the total estimated operational costs for the county work camp based upon the estimated cost for operating a comparable state work camp.
(6) A county or counties contracting for community corrections assistance funds may utilize such funding within the county work camp for the provision of programs additional to those described in subsection (3).
(7) In the event any county entering into a contract with the Department of Corrections pursuant to this partnership act determines that it no longer desires to operate a work camp pursuant to this section, or if for any reason a county work camp contract is otherwise terminated, all property relating to such work camp, including all funds, buildings, land, furnishings, equipment, and other chattels subsequently purchased or otherwise acquired by the county in connection with its continued operation of that work camp, automatically reverts to full ownership by the department. At such time as the facility reverts to the department, in the event the county has made any capital improvements to the property or building, the state will reimburse the county for the improvements. Such a reversionary ownership interest of the state in any and all such after-acquired property by the county is in furtherance of the goals established in s. 948.51, and such a present ownership interest by the state is a continuing and insurable state interest.
(8) Pursuant to the applicable provisions of chapter 284, the Division of Risk Management of the Department of Financial Services is authorized to insure any county work camp facility established pursuant to this act under the same general terms and conditions as the Department of Corrections is insured by the division for any of its comparable work camps.
(9) The court shall consider the offender’s previous criminal history when sentencing a person to a county work camp in order to ensure the protection of the community. Unless otherwise indicated by the sentencing court, persons convicted of any of the following crimes shall not be housed in a county work camp: arson; sexual battery; robbery; kidnapping; aggravated child abuse; aggravated assault; murder; manslaughter; unlawful throwing, placing, or discharging of a destructive device or bomb; aggravated battery; or armed burglary.
History.—s. 7, ch. 91-225; s. 34, ch. 92-310; s. 5, ch. 94-265; s. 33, ch. 96-312; s. 30, ch. 97-94; s. 1938, ch. 2003-261.
950.01 Confinement in jail of another county.—When it appears to the court at the time of passing sentence upon any prisoner who is to be punished by imprisonment in the county jail that there is no jail in the county suitable for the confinement of such prisoner, the court may order the sentence to be executed in any county in this state in which there may be a jail suited to that purpose, and the expense of supporting such prisoner shall be borne by the county in which the offense was committed.
(1) When in the opinion of the Governor and the interests of the state demand it, the circuit judge shall, upon the request of the Governor, sheriff, or chief correctional officer, make an order directing that any person held under a criminal charge shall be confined in the jail of another county of the state than that in which the offense charged is alleged to have been committed.
(2) When it shall be made to appear to a circuit judge to be necessary to quickly remove a prisoner to the jail of another county for safekeeping or to prevent injury to such prisoner, the circuit judge shall make an order directing that any person held under a criminal charge shall be confined in the jail of another county of the state than that in which the offense is alleged to have been committed.
(3) No order above referred to shall be made except by the judge of the circuit in which the county where the offense is alleged to have been committed is located. Such order shall be of full force and effect throughout the state, but the county to which the prisoner is sent, or any officer thereof, is not required to incur or pay any expense or charge of maintaining such prisoner.
950.03 County jailers to receive United States prisoners.—The keeper of the jail in each county within this state shall receive into his or her custody any prisoner who may be committed to the keeper’s charge under the authority of the United States and shall safely keep each prisoner according to the warrant or precept for such commitment until he or she is discharged by due course of law of the United States.
950.04 Penalty for neglect of duty in keeping prisoners of the United States.—The keeper of each jail shall be subject to the same penalties for any neglect or failure of duty in keeping prisoners who are committed to his or her charge under the authority of the United States as he or she would be subject to under the laws of this state for the like neglect or failure in the case of prisoners committed under the authority of the said laws; provided, the United States pays or causes to be paid to the jailer such fees as the jailer would be entitled to for like service rendered by virtue of the existing laws of this state during the time such prisoners shall be therein confined; and moreover, supports such of the prisoners as shall be committed for offenses.
950.061 Unlawful for male and female prisoners to be confined together.—It is unlawful for male and female prisoners in said jails to be confined in the same cell, room, or apartment, or be so confined as to be permitted to commingle, and the sheriffs of this state shall confine and separate all prisoners in their custody or charge in accordance with this chapter.
History.—s. 1, ch. 65-172.
950.09 Malpractice by jailers.—If any jailer shall, by too great duress of imprisonment or otherwise, make or induce a prisoner to disclose and give evidence against some other person, or be guilty of willful inhumanity and oppression to any prisoner under his or her care and custody, the jailer shall be punished by removal from office and shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.