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S. 1898 (rs) To provide protection against the risks to the public that are inherent in the interstate transportation of violent prisoners. [Reported in Senate] ...
106th CONGRESS 2d Session S. 1898 _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES October 26, 2000 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary _______________________________________________________________________ AN ACT To provide protection against the risks to the public that are inherent in the interstate transportation of violent prisoners. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Interstate Transportation of Dangerous Criminals Act of 2000'' or ``Jeanna's Act''. SEC. 2. FINDINGS. Congress finds the following: (1) Increasingly, States are turning to private prisoner transport companies as an alternative to their own personnel or the United States Marshals Service when transporting violent prisoners. (2) The transport process can last for days if not weeks, as violent prisoners are dropped off and picked up at a network of hubs across the country. (3) Escapes by violent prisoners during transport by private prisoner transport companies have occurred. (4) Oversight by the Attorney General is required to address these problems. (5) While most governmental entities may prefer to use, and will continue to use, fully trained and sworn law enforcement officers when transporting violent prisoners, fiscal or logistical concerns may make the use of highly specialized private prisoner transport companies an option. Nothing in this Act should be construed to mean that governmental entities should contract with private prisoner transport companies to move violent prisoners; however when a government entity opts to use a private prisoner transport company to move violent prisoners, then the company should be subject to regulation in order to enhance public safety. SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) Crime of violence.--The term ``crime of violence'' has the same meaning as in section 924(c)(3) of title 18, United States Code. (2) Private prisoner transport company.--The term ``private prisoner transport company'' means any entity, other than the United States, a State, or an inferior political subdivision of a State, which engages in the business of the transporting for compensation, individuals committed to the custody of any State or of an inferior political subdivision of a State, or any attempt thereof. (3) Violent prisoner.--The term ``violent prisoner'' means any individual in the custody of a State or an inferior political subdivision of a State who has previously been convicted of or is currently charged with a crime of violence or any similar statute of a State or the inferior political subdivisions of a State, or any attempt thereof. SEC. 4. FEDERAL REGULATION OF PRISONER TRANSPORT COMPANIES. (a) In General.--Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Attorney General, in consultation with the American Correctional Association and the private prisoner transport industry, shall promulgate regulations relating to the transportation of violent prisoners in or affecting interstate commerce. (b) Standards and Requirements.--The regulations shall include the following: (1) Minimum standards for background checks and preemployment drug testing for potential employees, including requiring criminal background checks, to disqualify persons with a felony conviction or domestic violence conviction as defined by section 921 of title 18, United States Code, for eligibility for employment. Preemployment drug testing will be in accordance with applicable State laws. (2) Minimum standards for the length and type of training that employees must undergo before they can transport prisoners not to exceed 100 hours of preservice training focusing on the transportation of prisoners. Training shall be in the areas of use of restraints, searches, use of force, including use of appropriate weapons and firearms, CPR, map reading, and defensive driving. (3) Restrictions on the number of hours that employees can be on duty during a given time period. Such restriction shall not be more stringent than current applicable rules and regulations concerning hours of service promulgated under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Act. (4) Minimum standards for the number of personnel that must supervise violent prisoners. Such standards shall provide the transport entity with appropriate discretion, and, absent more restrictive requirements contracted for by the procuring government entity, shall not exceed a requirement of 1 agent for every 6 violent prisoners. (5) Minimum standards for employee uniforms and identification that require wearing of a uniform with a badge or insignia identifying the employee as a transportation officer. (6) Standards establishing categories of violent prisoners required to wear brightly colored clothing clearly identifying them as prisoners, when appropriate. (7) Minimum requirements for the restraints that must be used when transporting violent prisoners, to include leg shackles and double-locked handcuffs, when appropriate. (8) A requirement that when transporting violent prisoners, private prisoner transport companies notify local law enforcement officials 24 hours in advance of any scheduled stops in their jurisdiction. (9) A requirement that in the event of an escape by a violent prisoner, private prisoner transport company officials shall immediately notify appropriate law enforcement officials in the jurisdiction where the escape occurs, and the governmental entity that contracted with the private prisoner transport company for the transport of the escaped violent prisoner. (10) Minimum standards for the safety of violent prisoners in accordance with applicable Federal and State law. (c) Federal Standards.--Except for the requirements of subsection (b)(6), the regulations promulgated under this Act shall not provide stricter standards with respect to private prisoner transport companies than are applicable, without exception, to the United States Marshals Service, Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the Immigration and Naturalization Service when transporting violent prisoners under comparable circumstances. SEC. 5. ENFORCEMENT. (a) Penalty.--Any person who is found in violation of the regulations established by this Act shall-- (1) be liable to the United States for a civil penalty in an amount not to exceed $10,000 for each violation and, in addition, to the United States for the costs of prosecution; and (2) make restitution to any entity of the United States, of a State, or of an inferior political subdivision of a State, which expends funds for the purpose of apprehending any violent prisoner who escapes from a prisoner transport company as the result, in whole or in part, of a violation of regulations promulgated pursuant to section 4(a). Passed the Senate October 25 (legislative day, September 22), 2000. Attest: GARY SISCO, Secretary.
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