Under current law, the department of public health and environment (department) is charged with making annual sanitary, sewerage, and health inspections of penal institutions. The act defines "penal institutions" and includes in that definition public and private facilities that house noncitizens for civil immigration proceedings. The act specifically authorizes unannounced follow-up inspections by the department.
For the 2020-21 fiscal year, the act directs the department to make the annual inspections of facilities that house noncitizens before January 1, 2021, and to submit a report to the governor and specified committees of the general assembly.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)