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Article - Correctional Services




§11–716.

    (a)    In this section, “warden” means the warden of the Kent County Detention Center.

    (b)    This section applies only in Kent County.

    (c)    The County Commissioners may establish under the Kent County Detention Center programs for:

        (1)    community service;

        (2)    home detention;

        (3)    pretrial release; and

        (4)    work release.

    (d)    The County Commissioners shall adopt regulations necessary to implement each program established under this section.

    (e)    At the time of sentencing or at any time during an individual’s confinement, the court may allow an individual to participate in any program established under this section if the individual:

        (1)    is sentenced to the custody of the warden; and

        (2)    has no other charges pending in any jurisdiction.

    (f)    An inmate designated to participate in a program under this section may leave the Kent County Detention Center to:

        (1)    continue regular employment;

        (2)    seek new employment; or

        (3)    receive therapy for drug or alcohol addiction.

    (g)    (1)    The warden or warden’s designee shall collect the earnings of an inmate designated to participate in a work release program, less any payroll deduction required by law.

        (2)    From the earnings of the inmate, the warden shall deduct and disburse an amount:

            (i)    the warden determines to be the cost to the county for providing food, lodging, and clothing for the inmate;

            (ii)    the county actually incurs for necessary food, travel, and other expenses incidental to participation by the inmate in the program;

            (iii)    a court imposes for a fine, cost, or restitution;

            (iv)    the inmate is legally obligated to pay, or reasonably wants to pay, for support of a dependent; and

            (v)    a court orders the inmate to repay to the State or to the county for the services of an attorney appointed by the court.

        (3)    The warden shall:

            (i)    credit to the inmate’s account any remaining balance; and

            (ii)    dispose of the balance in the inmate’s account as the inmate reasonably requests and as the warden approves.

    (h)    (1)    If an inmate violates a trust or a condition that the court or the Kent County Detention Center establishes for conduct or employment, the inmate is subject to:

            (i)    removal from a program specified in subsection (c) of this section; and

            (ii)    cancellation of any earned diminution of the inmate’s term of confinement.

        (2)    If a condition that a court imposes on an inmate is inconsistent with a regulation adopted under this section, the condition imposed by the court controls as to that inmate.

        (3)    If an inmate violates a trust or a condition that a court or the detention center establishes, the Kent County Detention Center shall notify the sentencing court in writing of the violation.

    (i)    (1)    Inmates of the Kent County Detention Center who are employed under § 11–602 of this title shall pay:

            (i)    court–ordered payments for restitution; and

            (ii)    the reasonable cost of the food, lodging, and clothing of the inmate.

        (2)    The County Commissioners shall:

            (i)    establish a reasonable per diem rate for the food, lodging, and clothing of an inmate; and

            (ii)    designate the warden as the agent to collect these costs.

    (j)    (1)    Subject to paragraph (2) of this subsection, the county may collect from an inmate who is sentenced to the Kent County Detention Center for nonconsecutive periods of 48 hours or less an amount determined to be the average cost to the county of providing food, lodging, and clothing for the inmate.

        (2)    A court may waive any or all of the charge specified in paragraph (1) of this subsection.

    (k)    (1)    The warden or warden’s designee may authorize compassionate leave under this subsection for any inmate committed to the Kent County Detention Center:

            (i)    to visit a seriously ill member of the immediate family of the inmate; or

            (ii)    to attend a viewing or funeral of a member of the immediate family of the inmate.

        (2)    An inmate who is granted compassionate leave may be required to reimburse the Kent County Detention Center for any expenses that the detention center incurs in granting the leave.

        (3)    The warden shall adopt regulations necessary to carry out this subsection.



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