The bill makes it a crime to unlawfully abandon an at-risk person. The intentional desertion of an at-risk person in a manner that endangers the safety of that person constitutes unlawful abandonment. Unlawful abandonment is a class 1 misdemeanor.
The bill creates the crime of false imprisonment of an at-risk person if:
- A person confines or detains an at-risk person in a locked or barricaded room under circumstances that cause bodily injury or serious emotional distress; and
- Such confinement or detention was part of a continued pattern of cruel punishment or unreasonable isolation or confinement of the at-risk person; or
- The person confines or detains an at-risk person and unreasonably restricts that person's freedom of movement by tying, caging, chaining, or otherwise using similar physical restraints or by threatening or intimidating the at-risk person.
False imprisonment of an at-risk person is a class 6 felony.
To comply with the statutorily-required prison costs of the bill, the bill appropriates:
- For the 2019-20 state fiscal year, $110,652 from the capital construction fund to the corrections expansion reserve fund;
- For the 2020-21 state fiscal year,$26,220 to the department of corrections from the general fund; and
- For the 2021-22 state fiscal year, $1,902 to the department of corrections from the general fund.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)