Delegate Amanda Batten elected Vice Chair of Senate Bill 581 workgroup

August 30, 2022

Contact: Lauren Keiser | (757) 741-8866

WILLIAMSBURG, VA – Delegate Amanda Batten (R⎯James City County) was elected Vice Chair of the workgroup designated via Senate Bill 581 (SB581). This workgroup will review the proposed partial or total abatement of fees charged to inmates housed in local and regional correctional facilities. By December 1, 2022, the workgroup will delineate its research and recommendations to the leadership of the House Committee on Public Safety and the Senate Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services.

Presently, these fees cover such costs exacted by educational, work, and rehabilitative programs; telephone usage; commissary items and services; electronic visitation programs; and inmate work release programs.

“While it’s important to keep inmates’ often limited funds in mind, these fees are also vital for correctional facilities to maintain operations and provide rehabilitation, educational, and other services for those serving time. I am optimistic that this workgroup can evaluate a path forward to lessen costs on inmates without increasing the financial burden on correctional facilities and their surrounding localities. These are important services that contribute to the ability of incarcerated individuals to reenter their communities as functioning citizens ready to improve their lives after serving their time,” stated Delegate Batten.

Delegate Amanda Batten represents the 96th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. The 96th District includes portions of James City and York Counties. Batten is currently serving her second term in the Virginia House of Delegates and is a member of the following House Committees: Education, Commerce & Energy, Public Safety, and Rules.