Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter IX. Inmate Welfare Fund.


§ 24–281. Definitions.

For the purposes of this subchapter, the term:

(1) “Commissary” means a system through which inmates in District correctional facilities are able to purchase permitted commodities.

(2) “Committee” means the Inmate Welfare Fund Committee established by section 3005 [§ 24-284].

(3) “Correctional facility” means any building, or group of buildings, and concomitant services, operated as a single management unit by, or under contract with, the Department of Corrections for the purpose of housing and providing services to persons ordered confined pending trial or upon conviction and sentencing for a violation of law.

(4) “Department” means the Department of Corrections.

(5) “Director” means the Director of the Department of Corrections.

(6) “Fund” means the Inmate Welfare Fund established by § 24-282.


(Mar. 2, 2007, D.C. Law 16-192, § 3002, 53 DCR 6899.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 3002 of Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2006 (D.C. Act 16-477, August 8, 2006, 53 DCR 7068).

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 3002 of Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2006 (D.C. Act 16-499, October 23, 2006, 53 DCR 8845).

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 3002 of Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2007 (D.C. Act 17-1, January 16, 2007, 54 DCR 1165).

Short Title

Short title: Section 3001 of D.C. Law 16-192 provided that subtitle A of title III of the act may be cited as the “Inmate Welfare Fund Establishment Act of 2006”.


§ 24–282. Establishment of Inmate Welfare Fund; audit; report.

(a) There is established a nonlapsing fund to be known as the Inmate Welfare Fund and to be used for the purposes set forth in § 24-283.

(b) The Fund shall consist of:

(1) An initial appropriation in fiscal year 2007; and

(2) Monies derived from the sale of goods through the commissary at correctional facilities.

(c) Except as provided in § 24-283(2), funds deposited into the Fund shall not be transferred or revert to the fund balance of the General Fund of the District of Columbia at the end of any fiscal year or at any other time, but shall be continually available for the uses and purposes set forth in § 24-283, subject to authorization by Congress.

(d) The Fund shall comply with all financial and procurement statutes, rules, regulations, standards, and systems promulgated by the District of Columbia government.

(e) The Fund shall be subject to annual audits scheduled by the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, which shall be submitted to the Council no later than February 1 of each year. The scope of the audit shall include an examination of the Department’s use of Fund profits, including stocking the commissaries, low-bond releases, providing inmate clothing upon release, and funding transportation costs for inmates after release. The audit reports shall be submitted to the Council and the Mayor.


(Mar. 2, 2007, D.C. Law 16-192, § 3003, 53 DCR 6899.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 24-281.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 3003 of Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2006 (D.C. Act 16-477, August 8, 2006, 53 DCR 7068).

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 3003 of Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2006 (D.C. Act 16-499, October 23, 2006, 53 DCR 8845).

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 3003 of Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2007 (D.C. Act 17-1, January 16, 2007, 54 DCR 1165).


§ 24–283. Uses of Inmate Welfare Fund.

The Fund shall be used for the following purposes, in order of priority:

(1) To stock the commissaries of District correctional facilities;

(2) To repay the initial appropriation used to finance the Fund; and

(3) To provide goods and services that benefit the general inmate population at District correctional facilities, as determined by the Inmate Welfare Fund Committee established in § 24-284.


(Mar. 2, 2007, D.C. Law 16-192, § 3004, 53 DCR 6899.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 24-282.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 3004 of Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2006 (D.C. Act 16-477, August 8, 2006, 53 DCR 7068).

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 3004 of Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2006 (D.C. Act 16-499, October 23, 2006, 53 DCR 8845).

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 3004 of Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2007 (D.C. Act 17-1, January 16, 2007, 54 DCR 1165).


§ 24–284. Inmate Welfare Fund Committee.

(a) The Inmate Welfare Fund Committee is established for the purpose of administering and supervising the operations of and the expenditures from the Inmate Welfare Fund.

(b) The Committee shall be composed of the following 5 members:

(1) The Director of the Department of Corrections, or his or her designee;

(2) The General Counsel of the Department of Corrections, or his or her designee;

(3) The Warden of the Central Detention Facility, or his or her designee;

(4) The Manager of the Office of Internal Controls, Compliance, and Accreditation of the Department of Corrections, or his or her designee; and

(5) The Director of the Office of Management Information and Technological Services of the Department of Corrections, or his or her designee.

(c) The Committee shall maintain a record of its authorization and approval for all expenditures from the Fund.

(d) The Committee may promulgate regulations governing the use and expenditures of the Fund.


(Mar. 2, 2007, D.C. Law 16-192, § 3005, 53 DCR 6899.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 24-281 and § 24-283.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 3005 of Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2006 (D.C. Act 16-477, August 8, 2006, 53 DCR 7068).

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 3005 of Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2006 (D.C. Act 16-499, October 23, 2006, 53 DCR 8845).

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 3005 of Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2007 (D.C. Act 17-1, January 16, 2007, 54 DCR 1165).