2009 California Penal Code - Section 2800-2818 :: Article 1. Prison Industry AuthorityPENAL CODE
2800. Commencing July 1, 2005, there is hereby continued in existence within the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation the Prison Industry Authority. As used in this article, "authority" means the Prison Industry Authority. Commencing July 1, 2005, any reference to the Department of Corrections shall refer to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. 2801. The purposes of the authority are: (a) To develop and operate industrial, agricultural, and service enterprises employing prisoners in institutions under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections, which enterprises may be located either within those institutions or elsewhere, all as may be determined by the authority. (b) To create and maintain working conditions within the enterprises as much like those which prevail in private industry as possible, to assure prisoners employed therein the opportunity to work productively, to earn funds, and to acquire or improve effective work habits and occupational skills. (c) To operate a work program for prisoners which will ultimately be self-supporting by generating sufficient funds from the sale of products and services to pay all the expenses of the program, and one which will provide goods and services which are or will be used by the Department of Corrections, thereby reducing the cost of its operation. 2802. Commencing July 1, 2005, there is hereby continued in existence within the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation a Prison Industry Board. The board shall consist of the following 11 members: (a) The Secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, or his or her designee. (b) The Director of the Department of General Services, or his or her designee. (c) The Secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing, or his or her designee. (d) The Speaker of the Assembly shall appoint two members to represent the general public. (e) The Senate Committee on Rules shall appoint two members to represent the general public. (f) The Governor shall appoint four members. Of these, two shall be representatives of organized labor, and two shall be representatives of industry. The initial term of one of the members appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly shall be two years, and the initial term of the other shall be three years. The initial term of one of the members appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules shall be two years, and the initial term of the other shall be three years. The initial terms of the four members appointed by the Governor shall be four years. All subsequent terms of all members shall be for four years. Each member's term shall continue until the appointment and qualification of his or her successor. 2803. The Secretary of the Department Corrections and Rehabilitation shall be the chairperson of the board. The chairperson shall be the administrative head of the board and shall exercise all duties and functions necessary to insure that the responsibilities of the board are successfully discharged. The board shall hold meetings on the call of the chairperson or a majority of the board. Six members of the board, including the chairperson, shall constitute a quorum. The vote of a majority of the members serving on the board is necessary for the transaction of the business of the board. 2804. The appointed members of the board shall receive a per diem to be determined by the chairperson, but not less than the usual per diem rate allowed to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation employees during travel out of state. All members, including the chairperson, shall also receive their actual and necessary expenses of travel incurred in attending meetings of the commission and in making investigations, either as a board or individually as members of the board at the request of the chairperson. All the expenses shall be paid from the Prison Industries Revolving Fund. 2805. The authority shall assume jurisdiction over the operation of all industrial, agricultural, and service operations formerly under the jurisdiction of the Correctional Industries Commission. In addition, the authority shall have the power to establish new industrial, agricultural and service enterprises which it deems appropriate, to initiate and develop new vocational training programs, and to assume jurisdiction over existing vocational training programs. The authority shall have control over and the power to buy and sell all equipment, supplies and materials used in the operations over which it assumes control and jurisdiction. 2806. There is hereby constituted a permanent revolving fund in the sum of not less than seven hundred thirty thousand dollars ($730,000), to be known as the Prison Industries Revolving Fund, and to be used to meet the expenses necessary in the purchasing of materials and equipment, salaries, construction and cost of administration of the prison industries program. The fund may also be used to refund deposits either erroneously made or made in cases where delivery of products cannot be consummated. The fund shall at all times contain the amount of at least seven hundred thirty thousand dollars ($730,000), either in cash or in receivables, consisting of raw materials, finished or unfinished products, inventory at cost, equipment, or any combination of the above. Money received from the rendering of services or the sale of products in the prisons and institutions under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation pursuant to this article shall be paid to the State Treasurer monthly and shall be credited to the fund. At any time that the Secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Director of Finance jointly determine that the balance in that revolving fund is greater than is necessary to carry out the purposes of the authority, they shall so inform the Controller and request a transfer of the unneeded balance from the revolving fund to the General Fund of the State of California. The Controller is authorized to transfer balances upon request. Funds deposited in the revolving fund are not subject to annual appropriation by the Legislature and may be used without a time limit by the authority. The Prison Industries Revolving Fund is not subject to the provisions of Articles 2 (commencing with Section 13320) and 3 (commencing with Section 13335) of Chapter 3 of Part 3 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code. Any major capital outlay project undertaken by the authority pursuant to this article shall be subject to review by the Public Works Board pursuant to the provisions of Part 10.5 (commencing with Section 15752) of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code. 2807. (a) The authority is hereby authorized and empowered to operate industrial, agricultural, and service enterprises which will provide products and services needed by the state, or any political subdivision thereof, or by the federal government, or any department, agency, or corporation thereof, or for any other public use. Products may be purchased by state agencies to be offered for sale to inmates of the department and to any other person under the care of the state who resides in state-operated institutional facilities. Fresh meat may be purchased by food service operations in state-owned facilities and sold for onsite consumption. (b) All things authorized to be produced under subdivision (a) shall be purchased by the state, or any agency thereof, and may be purchased by any county, city, district, or political subdivision, or any agency thereof, or by any state agency to offer for sale to persons residing in state-operated institutions, at the prices fixed by the Prison Industry Authority. State agencies shall make maximum utilization of these products, and shall consult with the staff of the authority to develop new products and adapt existing products to meet their needs. 2808. The board, in the exercise of its duties, shall have all of the powers and do all of the things that the board of directors of a private corporation would do, except as specifically limited in this article, including, but not limited to, all of the following: (a) To enter into contracts and leases, execute leases, pledge the equipment, inventory and supplies under the control of the authority and the anticipated future receipts of any enterprise under the jurisdiction of the authority as collateral for loans, and execute other necessary instruments and documents. (b) To assure that all funds received by the authority are kept in commercial accounts according to standard accounting practices. (c) To arrange for an independent annual audit. (d) To review and approve the annual budget for the authority, in order to assure that the solvency of the Prison Industries Revolving Fund is maintained. (e) To contract to employ a general manager to serve as the chief administrative officer of the authority. The general manager shall serve at the pleasure of the chairperson. The general manager shall have wide and successful experience with a productive enterprise, and have a demonstrated appreciation of the problems associated with prison management. (f) To apply for and administer grants and contracts of all kinds. (g) To establish, notwithstanding any other provision of law, procedures governing the purchase of raw materials, component parts, and any other goods and services which may be needed by the authority or in the operation of any enterprise under its jurisdiction. Those procedures shall contain provisions for appeal to the board from any action taken in connection with them. (h) To establish, expand, diminish, or discontinue industrial, agricultural and service enterprises under the authority's jurisdiction to enable it to operate as a self-supporting enterprise, to provide as much employment for inmates as is feasible, and to provide diversified work activities to minimize the impact on existing private industry in the state. (i) To hold public hearings pursuant to subdivision (h) to provide an opportunity for persons or organizations who may be affected to appear and present testimony concerning the plans and activities of the authority. The authority shall assure adequate public notice of those hearings. No new industrial, agricultural, or service enterprise which involves a gross annual production of more than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) shall be established unless and until a hearing concerning the enterprise has been held by a committee of persons designated by the board including at least two board members. The board shall take into consideration the effect of a proposed enterprise on California industry and shall not approve the establishment of the enterprise if the board determines it would have a comprehensive and substantial adverse impact on California industry which cannot be mitigated. (j) To periodically determine the prices at which activities, supplies, and services shall be sold. (k) To report to the Legislature in writing, on or before February 1 of each year, regarding: (1) The financial activity and condition of each enterprise under its jurisdiction. (2) The plans of the board regarding any significant changes in existing operations. (3) The plans of the board regarding the development of new enterprises. (4) A breakdown, by institution, of the number of prisoners at each institution, working in enterprises under the jurisdiction of the authority, said number to indicate the number of prisoners which are not working full time. 2809. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, commencing July 1, 2005, the authority may recruit and employ civilian staff that may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this article, and shall establish recruiting, testing, hiring, promotion, disciplinary, and dismissal procedures and practices which will meet the unique personnel needs of the authority. The practices may include incentives based on productivity, profit-sharing plans, or other criteria which will encourage civilian employee involvement in the productivity goals of the authority. The procedures and practices shall apply to all employees working in enterprises under the jurisdiction of the authority. The general manager shall be the appointing authority for all personnel of the authority other than the general manager. 2810. Commencing July 1, 2005, the general manager, with the approval of the Department of Finance, may authorize the borrowing of money by the authority for purposes of any of the following: (a) Operating the business affairs of the authority. (b) Purchasing new equipment, materials and supplies. (c) Constructing new facilities, or repairing, remodeling, or demolishing old facilities. Funds may be borrowed from private sources, upon those terms that the Department of Finance deems appropriate, including but not limited to, the use of equipment under the jurisdiction of the authority, and of the future income of an enterprise under the jurisdiction of the authority, as collateral to secure any loan. 2810.5. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, commencing July 1, 2005, the Pooled Money Investment Board, or its successor, may grant loans to the authority when money is appropriated for that purpose by the Legislature, upon application by the Secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, in order to finance the establishment of a new industrial, agricultural, or service enterprise. All loans shall bear the same interest rate as the pooled money market investment rate and shall have a maximum repayment period of 20 years from the date of approval of the loan. Prior to making its decision to grant a loan, the Pooled Money Investment Board, or its successor, shall require the authority to demonstrate all of the following: (a) The proposed industry project cannot be feasibly financed from private sources under Section 2810. The authority shall present proposed loan conditions from at least two private sources. (b) The proposed industry project cannot feasibly be financed from proceeds from other Prison Industry Authority enterprises. (c) The proceeds from the proposed project provide for a reasonable payback schedule to the General Fund. 2811. Commencing July 1, 2005, the general manager shall adopt and maintain a compensation schedule for inmate employees. That compensation schedule shall be based on quantity and quality of work performed and shall be required for its performance, but in no event shall that compensation exceed one-half the minimum wage provided in Section 1182 of the Labor Code, except as otherwise provided in this code. This compensation shall be credited to the account of the inmate. Inmate compensation shall be paid from the Prison Industries Revolving Fund. 2812. It is unlawful for any person to sell, expose for sale, or offer for sale within this state, any article or articles manufactured wholly or in part by convict or other prison labor, except articles the sale of which is specifically sanctioned by law. Every person selling, exposing for sale, or offering for sale any article manufactured in this state wholly or in part by convict or other prison labor, the sale of which is not specifically sanctioned by law, is guilty of a misdemeanor. 2813. The director may provide for the manufacture of small articles of handiwork by the prisoners out of raw materials purchased by the prisoners with their own funds or funds borrowed from the Inmates' Welfare Fund, or from raw materials furnished by the director without compensation therefor as provided in this section which articles may be sold to the public at the state prisons, in public buildings, at fairs, or on property operated by nonprofit associations. State-owned property shall not be given to prisoners for use under this section, unless all proceeds from the sale thereof shall be deposited in the Inmates' Welfare Fund. The director may provide that all or a part of the sale price of all other articles manufactured and sold under this section be deposited to the account of the prisoner manufacturing the article. 2813.5. Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter except subdivision (i) of Section 2808, and notwithstanding subdivision (l) of Section 22851.3 of the Vehicle Code, the Director of Corrections may provide for the inmates in trade and industrial education or vocational training classes established under Section 2054 to restore and rebuild donated salvageable and abandoned vehicles. If these vehicles comply with Section 24007.5 of the Vehicle Code, they may be sold at public auction to private persons. This activity shall be subject to the public hearing requirements of subdivision (i) of Section 2808 at any time that this activity involves a gross annual production of more than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000). The proceeds of the sale after deduction of the cost of materials shall be deposited in the Restitution Fund in the State Treasury and, upon appropriation by the Legislature, may be used for indemnification of victims of crimes. 2814. Notwithstanding any provision of this chapter, products and byproducts of agricultural and animal husbandry enterprises, except nursery stock, may be sold to private persons, at public or private sale, under rules prescribed by the board. 2815. Commencing July 1, 2005, the authority may, under rules prescribed by the Secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, dispose of products developed from the operations of industrial enterprises in prisons and institutions under the jurisdiction of the authority by sale to foreign governments, corporations for distribution in foreign countries, and private persons or their agents in markets outside the United States and in countries which permit the importation of prison-made goods. All sales made pursuant to this section shall be reported to the Legislature in the general manager's annual report pursuant to Section 2808. 2816. With the approval of the Department of Finance, there shall be transferred to, or deposited in, the Prison Industries Revolving Fund for purposes authorized by this section, money appropriated from any source including sources other than state appropriations. Notwithstanding subdivision (i) of Section 2808, the Secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation may order any authorized public works project involving the construction, renovation, or repair of prison facilities to be performed by inmate labor or juvenile justice facilities to be performed by ward labor, when the total expenditure does not exceed the project limit established by the first paragraph of Section 10108 of the Public Contract Code. Projects entailing expenditure of greater than the project limit established by the first paragraph of Section 10108 of the Public Contract Code shall be reviewed and approved by the chairperson, in consultation with the board. Money so transferred or deposited shall be available for expenditure by the department for the purposes for which appropriated, contributed or made available, without regard to fiscal years and irrespective of the provisions of Sections 13340 and 16304 of the Government Code. Money transferred or deposited pursuant to this section shall be used only for purposes authorized in this section. 2817. The Inmate and Ward Construction Revolving Account is hereby created in the Prison Industries Revolving Fund, established in Section 2806, to receive funds transferred or deposited for the purposes described in Section 2816. 2818. The New Industries Revolving Account is hereby created in the Prison Industries Revolving Fund to receive General Fund or other public money transferred or deposited for the purpose of financing new enterprises or the expansion of existing enterprises. Money in the fund may be disbursed by the board subject to the conditions prescribed in Section 2810.5.
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