33-601.800: Close Management
PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose and effect of the proposed rule is to change Form DC6-128, Close Management Referral Assessment, to state that an inmate’s mental health classification shall be based on the inmate’s present mental health status, rather than the inmate’s status within the past 30 days; add lewd and lascivious behavior to the list of “major rule violations”; add a definition of lewd and lascivious behavior; create a process and criteria for review of a Security Threat Group member before he or she is released from close management; clarify book and periodical possession limits for close management inmates; and remove restrictions on providing typing services to inmates on close management status.
SUMMARY: The proposed rule: amends Form DC6-128 to state that an inmate’s mental health classification will be based on the inmate’s present mental health status, rather than the inmate’s status within the past 30 days; adds lewd and lascivious behavior to the list of “major rule violations”; adds a definition of lewd and lascivious behavior; creates a process and criteria for review of a Security Threat Group member before he or she is released from close management; clarifies book and periodical possession limits for close management inmates; and removes the restriction on providing typing services to inmates on close management status.
SUMMARY OF STATEMENT OF ESTIMATED REGULATORY COSTS: The agency has determined that this rule will not have an impact on small business. A SERC has not been prepared by the agency.
Any person who wishes to provide information regarding a statement of estimated regulatory costs, or provide a proposal for a lower cost regulatory alternative must do so in writing within 21 days of this notice.
SPECIFIC AUTHORITY: 944.09 FS.
LAW IMPLEMENTED: 944.09 FS.
IF REQUESTED WITHIN 21 DAYS OF THE DATE OF THIS NOTICE, A HEARING WILL BE SCHEDULED AND ANNOUNCED IN FAW.
THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE IS: Kendra Lee Jowers, 2601 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2500
THE FULL TEXT OF THE PROPOSED RULE IS:
33-601.800 Close Management.
(a) through (l) No change.
(m) Major Rule Violation – any assault, battery or attempted assault or battery; any intentional lewd or lascivious exhibition in the presence of staff or visitors; any spoken or written threat towards any person; inciting, attempting to incite or participating in any riot, strike, mutinous act or disturbance; fighting; possession of weapons, ammunition, explosives or escape paraphernalia; and any escape or escape attempt.
(n) through (q) No change.
(r) Lewd or Lascivious Exhibition – An inmate commits a lewd or lascivious exhibition when the inmate:
1. Intentionally masturbates;
2. Intentionally exposes the genitals without authorization; or
3. Intentionally commits any other sexual act that does not involve actual physical or sexual contact with the victim, including, but not limited to, sadomasochistic abuse, sexual bestiality, or the simulation of any act involving sexual activity in the presence of a staff member or volunteer.
(2) through (9) No change.
(10) Conditions and Privileges in CM Units.
(a) through (g) No change.
(h) Religious Accommodations – Inmates in close management status shall be allowed to participate in religious ceremonies that can be accomplished at cell-side (for example, communion). Additionally, close management inmates shall be allowed to possess religious publications as defined in Rule 33-503.001, F.A.C.,
literature and have access to a spiritual advisor or clergy visit with citizen clergy persons at a time and location approved by the warden. Religious publications shall not count toward the limit on personal book possession set forth in paragraph (10)(l) but do fall under the storage space provisions of Rule 33-602.201, F.A.C.
(i) Legal Access – An inmate in close management will have access to his or her personal legal papers and law books and have correspondence access with the law library. Access to the law library will be obtained through delivery of research materials to an inmate’s cell, and access to visits with certified inmate law clerks
research aides. Although the inmate may not be represented by an attorney at any administrative hearing under this rule, access to an attorney or aide to that attorney will be granted for legal visits at any reasonable time during normal business hours. Indigent inmates will be provided paper and writing utensils in order to prepare legal papers. Inmates who are not indigent will be allowed to purchase paper and envelopes from the canteen for this purpose, within the stated time frames. Typewriters or typing services are not considered required items and will not be permitted in close management cells. Inmates with disabilities that hinder the preparation of legal correspondence will be allowed the use of auxiliary aids (writer/reader). An inmate who is provided an auxiliary aid shall also be allowed access to a certified inmate law clerk research aide for the purpose of preparing legal documents, legal mail, and filing grievances.
(j) through (k) No change.
(l) Reading materials – Reading materials
, including scriptural or devotional materials and books that are in compliance with admissibility requirements, are allowed in close management units unless there is an indication of a threat to the safety, security, or sanitation of the institution. An inmate shall be limited to possession of three personal soft cover books. If it is determined that there is a safety, security or sanitation risk, the items will be removed. Such removal of reading materials will be documented on Form DC6-229, Daily Record of Special Housing. If items are removed in order to prevent the inmate from inflicting injury to him or herself or others or to prevent the destruction of property or equipment, staff shall re-assess the need for continued restriction every 72 hours thereafter. The warden, based on this assessment, will make the final determination on the continued denial or return of the items. The items will be returned to the inmate when no further behavior or threat of behavior of the type leading to the restriction has occurred. An inmate who receives services from the Bureau of Braille and Talking Book library will be allowed to have his tape player, devotional or scriptural material tapes, and other books on tape which are in compliance with Rule 33-501.401, F.A.C.
(m) through (n) No change.
(11) Programs and Privileges in Close Management Units.
(a) No change.
(b) CMI. Privileges for an inmate assigned to CMI are as follows:
1. No change.
2. Check out three soft-back books from the library at least once per week and possess no more than three soft back library books at any given time. An inmate who receives services from the Bureau of Braille and Talking Book Library will be allowed to check out three books in braille or on tape per week and possess no more than three books at any given time, even though the actual number of tapes may be more than three per book. Books checked out from the library shall not count toward the limit on personal book possession set forth in paragraph (10)(l);
3. No change.
4. Inmates may subscribe to, purchase, or receive no more than one periodical which is printed and distributed more frequently than weekly and four other periodicals which are printed and distributed weekly or less frequently than weekly.
Subscribe to one magazine and newspaper and possess no more than four issues of each at any given time; an inmate who receives services from the Bureau of Braille and Talking Book Library will be allowed to receive up to four issues of a periodical magazine;
5. through (15) No change.
(16) Review of Close Management.
(a) through (f) No change.
(g) Before an inmate
who has been convicted, regardless of whether adjudication is withheld, of any assault or battery that constitutes a felony on a staff member is released from CM, written authorization must be obtained by the SCO from the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, or Assistant Secretary of for Institutions, or Deputy Assistant Secretary of Institutions, . if any of the following apply:
1. The inmate has been convicted, regardless of whether adjudication is withheld, of any assault or battery, or any attempted assault or battery, that constitutes a felony on a staff member;
2. The inmate has an active detainer as a result of any assault or battery, or any attempted assault or battery, that constitutes a felony on a staff member; or
3. The inmate is confined under the Interstate Corrections Compact and has been convicted, regardless of whether adjudication is withheld, of any assault or battery, or any attempted assault or battery, that constitutes a felony on a staff member in the state from which he transferred.
(17) through (18) No change.
(19) Forms. The following forms referenced in this rule are hereby incorporated by reference. Copies of any of these forms are available from the Forms Control Administrator, Office of Research, Planning and Support Services, Department of Corrections, 2601 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2500.
(a) Form DC6-128, Close Management Referral Assessment, effective date________
(b) through (k) No change.
Specific Authority 944.09 FS. Law Implemented 944.09 FS. History–New 2-1-01, Amended 12-16-01, 4-8-04, 3-10-05, 4-9-06, 8-23-07, 4-27-08,_________.
Editorial Note: Formerly 33-601.801-.813, substantially amended February 1, 2001.