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How Correctional Programs are funded with LASD

12/04/12

The Inmate Welfare Fund (IWF) exists by way of statutory authority granted to the Sheriff to establish, maintain and operate a store in connection with the county jail. The sale price of articles offered for sale, through commissary, shall be fixed by the Sheriff with profits from the sales placed into the Inmate Welfare Fund. In addition to the revenue generated from commissary sales, any money, refund, rebate, or commission received from a telephone company or pay telephone provider when the money, refund, rebate, or commission is attributable to the use of payphones by inmates while incarcerated, shall be deposited to the Inmate Welfare Fund. Additionally, ten percent of all sale proceeds from inmate hobby crafts must also be deposited into the fund.

Penal Code Section 4025 (e) states that all profits into the Inmate Welfare Fund shall be expended "primarily for the benefit, education and welfare of the inmates confined within the jail. Any funds that are not needed for the welfare of the inmates may be expended for the maintenance of county jail facilities. Maintenance of county jail facilities may include, but is not limited to, the salary and benefits of personnel used in the programs to benefit the inmates, including, but not limited to, education, drug and alcohol treatment, welfare, library, accounting, and other programs deemed appropriate by the Sheriff. An annual report of these expenditures shall be submitted annually to the Board of Supervisors."







Contact Information: Education Based Incarceration Bureau - (213) 473-2999, ebi@lasd.org












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