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AB-964 County jails: visitation.(2019-2020)

As Amends the Law Today


 Section 4032 of the Penal Code is amended to read:

 (a) For purposes of this section, the following definitions shall  apply:
(1) “In-person visit” means an on-site visit that may include barriers. In-person visits include interactions in which an inmate has physical contact with a visitor, the inmate is able to see a visitor through a barrier, or the inmate is otherwise in a room with a visitor without physical contact. “In-person visit” does not include an interaction between an inmate and a visitor through the use of an on-site, two-way, audio-video terminal.
(2) “Video visitation” means interaction between an inmate and a member of the public through the means of an audio-visual communication device when the member of the public is located at a local detention facility or at a remote location.
(3) “Local detention facility” has the same meaning as defined in Section 6031.4.
(b) (1) Every local detention facility shall offer in-person visitation.
(b) (2)  A  Notwithstanding paragraph (1), any  local detention facility that offered  does not offer  in-person visitation as of January 1, 2017, may not convert to video visitation only. 2020, shall comply with paragraph (1) by no later than January 1, 2025. 
(c) (1)  A local detention facility shall not charge for visitation when visitors are onsite and participating in either in-person or video visitation. For purposes of this subdivision, “onsite” is defined as at the location where the inmate is housed.
(d) (2)  If a local detention facility offered video visitation only as of January 1, 2017, on-site video visitation shall be offered free of charge, and  offers remote video visitation,  the first hour of remote video visitation per week shall be offered free of charge if the facility offers remote video visitation. charge. 
SEC. 2.
 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.