Florida Senate - 2018 SB 226 By Senator Bracy 11-00282-18 2018226__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to inmate reentry services; creating 3 s. 944.8025, F.S.; requiring the Department of 4 Corrections to allow representatives from nonprofit 5 organizations to apply to be registered with the 6 department for the purpose of providing inmate reentry 7 services; requiring the department to develop and 8 adopt policies and procedures for screening, 9 approving, and registering those nonprofit 10 organizations and their representatives; authorizing 11 the department to deny approval and registration to an 12 organization or a representative from an organization 13 if the department determines that the organization or 14 representative does not meet the department’s 15 screening guidelines; authorizing the department and 16 each of the correctional facilities in this state to 17 retain the discretion to deny entry into a 18 correctional facility at any time to a representative 19 of an organization; requiring the department to post 20 certain information on its public website for certain 21 purposes; prohibiting the department from endorsing or 22 sponsoring any faith-based reentry program or 23 endorsing any specific religious message; prohibiting 24 the department from requiring an inmate to participate 25 in a faith-based program; providing rulemaking 26 authority; providing an effective date. 27 28 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 29 30 Section 1. Section 944.8025, Florida Statutes, is created 31 to read: 32 944.8025 Inmate reentry services by nonprofit 33 organizations.— 34 (1) Subject to the policies and procedures adopted under 35 subsection (2) for screening and approving applicants, the 36 department shall allow representatives from all nonprofit faith 37 based, business and professional, civic, and community 38 organizations to apply to be registered with the department 39 under this section for the purpose of providing inmate reentry 40 services. Reentry services include, but are not limited to, 41 counseling, providing information on housing and job placement, 42 and money management assistance. 43 (2) The department shall develop and adopt policies and 44 procedures for screening, approving, and registering 45 organizations and their representatives that apply to provide 46 inmate reentry services under subsection (1). The department may 47 deny approval and registration of an organization or a 48 representative from an organization if the department determines 49 that the organization or representative does not meet the 50 department’s screening guidelines. The department and each of 51 the correctional facilities in this state retain the discretion 52 to deny entry to a correctional facility at any time to a 53 representative of an organization listed under subsection (1) 54 regardless of whether that representative previously applied to 55 and was registered with the department to provide inmate reentry 56 services at a correctional facility. 57 (3) The department shall post a department telephone number 58 and provide an application for registration on its public 59 website. The telephone number and application may be used by 60 representatives from an organization described in subsection (1) 61 to obtain information and to begin the application process for 62 registration with the department to provide inmate reentry 63 services. 64 (4) The department may not endorse or sponsor any faith 65 based reentry program or endorse any specific religious message. 66 The department may not require an inmate to participate in a 67 faith-based program. 68 (5) The department shall adopt rules to implement this 69 section. 70 Section 2. This act shall take effect October 1, 2018.