Correctional facilities; prohibited acts, use of canines by officers by officers.
Use of canines in correctional facilities; prohibited
acts. Makes it unlawful for any correctional officer, jail officer,
or other employee of a state, local, or juvenile correctional facility
to use a canine, except where there is an imminent threat of death
or serious bodily injury to any prisoner or detained juvenile or
any officer or employee of the facility, to extract a prisoner or
detained juvenile from his cell or to intervene in an altercation,
fight, or other incident between prisoners or detained juveniles.
The bill requires that all incidents involving the use of a canine
be reported to a database established by the Department of Corrections
or the Department of Juvenile Justice, as applicable, and that such
reports be made available to the public and include the name of the
facility, the name of the canine, and the name of the canine's handler.
The bill also requires that the Department of Corrections or the Department
of Juvenile Justice, as applicable, make public any policies relating
to the use of canines, training requirements for both canines and
handlers, and the supervision of the officers or employees who are
permitted to handle such canines.
Bill Patron: Lopez
(House) Left in Public Safety February 15, 2022