Rhode Island Laws Concerning
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Introduced By: Representatives Palumbo, Carpenter, Montanaro and McGowan

Date Introduced : February 3, 1998

Referred To: Committee on Judiciary

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:

SECTION 1. Section 42-56-10 of the General Laws in Chapter 42-56 entitled "Department of Corrections" is hereby amended to read as follows:

42-56-10. Powers of the director. -- In addition to exercising the powers and performing the duties which are otherwise given him by law, the director of the department of corrections shall:

(a) Designate, establish, maintain, and administer such state correctional facilities as he or she deems necessary, and may discontinue the use of such state correctional facilities as he or she deems appropriate for that action;

(b) Maintain security, safety, and order at all state correctional facilities, utilize the resources of the department to prevent escapes from any such facility, take all necessary precautions to prevent the occurrence or spread of any disorder, riot, or insurrection of any such facility, including but not limited to the development, planning, and coordination of emergency riot procedures, and take suitable measures for the restoration of order;

(c) Establish and enforce standards for all state correctional facilities;

(d) Supervise and/or approve the administration by the assistant directors of the department;

(e) Manage, direct, and supervise the operations of the department;

(f) Direct employees in the performance of their official duties;

(g) Hire, promote, transfer, assign, and retain employees and suspend, demote, discharge, or take other necessary disciplinary action;

(h) Maintain the efficiency of the operations of the department;

(i) Determine the methods, means, and personnel by which those operations of the department are to be conducted;

(j) Relieve employees from duties because of lack of work or for other legitimate reasons;

(k) Establish, maintain, and administer programs including but not limited to education, training, and employment, of persons committed to the custody of the department, designed as far as practicable to prepare and assist each person to assume the responsibilities and exercise the rights of a citizen of this state;

(l) Establish a system of classification of persons committed to the custody of the department for the purpose of developing programs for each person;

(m) Determine at the time of commitment, and from time to time thereafter, the custody requirements and program needs of each person committed to the custody of the department and assign or transfer those persons to appropriate facilities and programs;

(n) Establish training programs for employees of the department;

(o) Investigate grievances and inquire into alleged conduct within the department;

(p) Maintain adequate records of persons committed to the custody of the department;

(q) Establish and maintain programs of research, statistics, and planning, and conduct studies relating to correctional programs and responsibilities of the department;

(r) Utilize, as far as practicable, the services and resources of specialized community agencies and other local community groups in the development of programs, recruitment of volunteers, and dissemination of information regarding the work and needs of the department;

(s) Make and enter into any contracts and agreements necessary or incidental to the performance of the duties and execution of the powers of the department, including, but not limited to, contracts to render services to committed offenders, and to provide for training or education for correctional officers and staff;

(t) Seek to develop civic interest in the work of the department and educate the public as to the needs and goals of the corrections process;

(u) Expend annually in the exercise of his or her powers, performance of his or her duties, and for the necessary operations of the department such sums as may be appropriated therefor by the general assembly; and

(v) Make and promulgate necessary rules and regulations incident to the exercise of his or her powers and the performance of his or her duties including but not limited to rules and regulations regarding nutrition, sanitation, safety, discipline, recreation, religious services, communication, and visiting privileges, classification, education, training, employment, care, and custody for all persons committed to correctional facilities {ADD ; provided, however, that any recreational and/or exercise activities shall be strictly limited to the maintenance of the cardiovascular integrity and overall health and fitness of the prisoner, and shall not include the use of exercise equipment or free weights which are designed to increase the muscular mass and bulk of the user ADD}.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.


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This act would prohibit the use by incarcerated person of exercise equipment and/or free weights which are designed to increase muscular mass and bulk.

This act would take effect upon passage.

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