BILL NO. BL99-51
An ordinance amending the Metropolitan Code of Laws by adding a new section to Chapter 1.16 to set forth provisions relative to charging inmates for items issued to them upon admission to the metropolitan jail or workhouse.
Whereas, T.C.A., Title 41, Chapter 4, Part 1, allows for municipalities to charge inmates for items issued to them upon admission to jail or workhouse and to deduct the amount from such inmates jail trust account or any other account or fund established by or for the benefit of such inmate while incarcerated;
Whereas, the Metropolitan Government is currently expending large amounts of resources in issuing inmates items upon admission to jail or workhouse;
Now, therefore, be it enacted by the Council of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County as follows:
Section 1: Title 1, chapter 1.16 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws is hereby amended by adding the following new section:
1.16.080 Fee for Inmates Personal Items
The metropolitan jail or workhouse administrator shall charge inmates a fee for items issued to them upon admission to the County jail or workhouse. This fee may not exceed the actual cost of the items issued. This county jail or workhouse administrator may deduct the amount owed from the inmates jail trust account or any other account of fund established by or for the benefit of the inmate.
The metropolitan jail or workhouse may not deny an inmate clothing or hygiene items if the inmate is unable to pay for them. An inmates inability to pay shall be determined based on the policies and procedures of the Davidson County Sheriffs Office.
Section 2: That this Ordinance shall take effect after its passage, the welfare of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.
Sponsored by: Eileen Beehan, Tony Derryberry & Amanda McClendon
|Introduced:||October 19, 1999|
|Passed First Reading:||October 19, 1999|
& Finance Committee
Public Safety Committee
|Passed Second Reading:||November 16, 1999|
|Passed Third Reading:||December 7, 1999|
|Approved:||December 13, 1999|