Section 945.215, Florida Statutes 2003
945.215 Inmate welfare and employee benefit trust funds.--
(1) INMATE PURCHASES; DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS.--
(a) From the net proceeds from operating inmate canteens, vending machines used primarily by inmates and visitors, hobby shops, and other such facilities must be deposited in the General Revenue Fund; however, funds necessary to purchase items for resale at inmate canteens and vending machines must be deposited into local bank accounts designated by the department.
(b) All proceeds from contracted telephone commissions must be deposited in the General Revenue Fund. The department shall develop and update, as necessary, administrative procedures to verify that:
1. Contracted telephone companies accurately record and report all telephone calls made by inmates incarcerated in correctional facilities under the department's jurisdiction;
2. Persons who accept collect calls from inmates are charged the contracted rate; and
3. The department receives the contracted telephone commissions.
(c) Any funds that may be assigned by inmates or donated to the department by the general public or an inmate service organization must be deposited in the General Revenue Fund; however, the department shall not accept any donation from, or on behalf of, any individual inmate.
(d) All proceeds from the following sources must be deposited in the General Revenue Fund:
1. The confiscation and liquidation of any contraband found upon, or in the possession of, any inmate;
2. Disciplinary fines imposed against inmates;
3. Forfeitures of inmate earnings; and
4. Unexpended balances in individual inmate trust fund accounts of less than $1.
(e) Items for resale at inmate canteens and vending machines maintained at the correctional facilities shall be priced comparatively with like items for retail sale at fair market prices.
(f) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, inmates with sufficient balances in their individual inmate bank trust fund accounts, after all debts against the account are satisfied, shall be allowed to request a weekly draw of up to an amount set by the Secretary of Corrections, not to exceed $100, to be expended for personal use on canteen and vending machine items.
(2) PRIVATELY OPERATED INSTITUTIONS INMATE WELFARE TRUST FUND; PRIVATE CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES.--
(a) For purposes of this subsection, privately operated institutions or private correctional facilities are those correctional facilities under contract with the department pursuant to chapter 944 or the Correctional Privatization Commission pursuant to chapter 957.
(b)1. The net proceeds derived from inmate canteens, vending machines used primarily by inmates, telephone commissions, and similar sources at private correctional facilities shall be deposited in the Privately Operated Institutions Inmate Welfare Trust Fund.
2. Funds in the Privately Operated Institutions Inmate Welfare Trust Fund shall be expended only pursuant to legislative appropriation.
(c) The Correctional Privatization Commission shall annually compile a report that documents Privately Operated Institutions Inmate Welfare Trust Fund receipts and expenditures at each private correctional facility. This report must specifically identify receipt sources and expenditures. The Correctional Privatization Commission shall compile this report for the prior fiscal year and shall submit the report by September 1 of each year to the chairs of the appropriate substantive and fiscal committees of the Senate and House of Representatives and to the Executive Office of the Governor.
(3) EMPLOYEE BENEFIT TRUST FUND; DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS.--
(a) The department may establish an Employee Benefit Trust Fund. Trust fund sources may be derived from any of the following:
1. Proceeds of vending machines or other such services not intended for use by inmates.
2. Donations, except donations by, or on behalf of, an individual inmate.
3. Additional trust funds and grants which may become available.
(b) Funds from the Employee Benefit Trust Fund may be used to construct, operate, and maintain training and recreation facilities at correctional facilities for the exclusive use of department employees. Such facilities are the property of the department and must provide the maximum benefit to all interested employees, regardless of gender.
History.--s. 1, ch. 79-78; s. 10, ch. 85-288; s. 1, ch. 87-233; s. 5, ch. 94-273; s. 14, ch. 96-312; s. 1858, ch. 97-102; s. 3, ch. 98-388; s. 14, ch. 99-271; s. 4, ch. 2000-328; s. 1, ch. 2001-379; s. 1, ch. 2002-268; s. 10, ch. 2003-179.