Help on the way for DOC with newly signed laws

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Acting Governor Joshua Tenorio signed four bills into law today.

The Department of Corrections (DOC) will now be getting a new inmate commissary and a Civilian Corrections Reserve Program with the signing into law of Bills 182 and 183.

Bill 182-35, introduced by Sen. Jose “Pedo” Terlaje, creates an Inmate Commissary at the Department of Corrections. It is now Public Law 35-63.

Bill 183-35, also introduced by Terlaje, creates a Civilian Corrections Reserve Program at the Department of Corrections. It is now Public Law 35-64.

“The Governor and I have advocated for the creation of both the Inmate Commissary and a Civilian Corrections Reserve program since early last year,” said Acting Governor Joshua Tenorio in a release. “Both these laws are sure signs that the department remains a high priority and demonstrate our commitment to the protection of the public, safety of our staff, and the security of offenders.”

He added that the governor and he are thankful that the Legislature has taken action to create a reserve program so that the administration can begin to alleviate the resource strains that have historically plagued the department.

“Also, by providing inmates with access to a commissary, it serves as drug interdiction and discourages contraband. I especially want to thank Senator Pedo Terlaje and the co-sponsors of both measures for recognizing the dire needs of the department,” Tenorio said.

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