In November 2007, following a multi-year review and lengthy public process, the Board voted to adopt a series of amendments to the original Minimum Standards. This process was the first comprehensive review of all of the original provisions since the Minimum Standards took effect in 1978.
The amendments became effective on June 16, 2008.
Several amendments made permanent longstanding variances authorizing DOC to quarantine prisoners confined for medical reasons in contagious disease units.
Other amendments authorize the Department to: